Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blue Mountain to Build Summit Splash Water Park

Artist Rendering of Summit Splash
As soon as Summer 2016 visitors to the Blue Mountain Ski Resort, located in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, will be able to splash the day away at Summit Splash Water Park.  The $30 million full-fledged outdoor water park is set to start construction soon, with the general contractor already on board.

The park has been planned for years now, and will give the resort a full roster of Summer activities - obviously the Ski Resort aspect of Blue Mountain's name means that they're pretty busy in the Winter.  Camelbeach water park, located only 30 miles from where Summit Splash would be built, has proven the concept can work.  Camelback Ski Resort operates similarly, with a busy ski season and then a full water park for the warm months.

Summit Splash would feature a gigantic wave pool, lazy river, and several sets of slides.  The concept art shows one slide that would pass through a mountain structure and into a building before hitting the splash pool.  Future additions would make the park eventually cover up to 60 acres of the resort.

With the existing Camelbeach water park only 30 minutes away to the Northeast, and Dorney Park's Wildwater Kingdom only 20 miles away to the South, one has to wonder if the new park will overly saturate the market.  Blue Mountain plans a 110 room hotel to accommodate new visitors - the Poconos are famous for pulling New York and New Jersey visitors - so perhaps there is room after all.  We shall see!