Water park planned for George Town

Plans have been submitted for a water park, bar and cafeteria-style restaurant in downtown George Town.

Drawings submitted to the Central Planning Authority show at least two large water slides, five smaller “animal slides,” two pools and a “Nerf field.” So-called Nerf battles, increasingly popular in North America, are a gentler version of paintball, involving brightly colored, plastic foam-firing guns.

There is no written submission with the plans, submitted through architect Robert Towell. Mr. Towell said his client did not wish to comment at this early stage in the process.

The drawings indicate the water park is planned for a 3.2-acre site between Bodden Road and North Church Street, close to Casanova Restaurant at the northern end of the George Town waterfront.

The plans also include space for an “inflatables park,” with a 125-foot waterslide along with a second slide, labeled “large slide.”

There is also a two-story bar area with an ordering window and outdoor seating, a toilet block and parking area.

The planned water park is close to a site that was slated in 2015 for a plan to build a 6,300-seat ice stadium, which developers said would be capable of hosting concerts and events as well as a regular Cirque de Soleil-style ice show.

The ice stadium plans were announced at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in May last year. At the time, Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts said the development would be the first key project in the redevelopment of the capital, and Tim Best, the Canadian entrepreneur behind the plan, indicated that plans would be submitted imminently.

The project, which is not linked to the water park, does not appear to have progressed since that time, but Mr. Best said this week it was still moving forward behind the scenes.

He said, “I am 100 percent committed to the revitalization of George Town and plans for a multipurpose event center for downtown are moving ahead.

“New and exciting ideas have emerged after input from local stakeholders that will make this a community first project. Although the process has taken a little longer than initially expected, the results will far outweigh any delay.”

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