Waterpark & resort hotel planned for Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Congratulations to our client, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, on the decision to move forward with the planned indoor waterpark component as a second phase of the OWA development. H&LA conducted the waterpark feasibility study for the development and appreciated the opportunity to work with Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority on this exciting project, which is set to open in 2021!

Published by: The Associated Press/Tuscaloosa News
Published date: April 2019

FOLEY — An indoor water park, a 200-room resort hotel and conference center and an RV park are coming to the Gulf Coast, officials with OWA have announced.

The $100 million project in Foley is part of the second phase of the OWA development. Construction is slated to begin this summer.

The RV park is set to be open by the end of this year. The hotel and indoor water park are set for a 2021 opening.

OWA is a project by the Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The first phase of the development has two main components: a retail and entertainment space and a 14-acre amusement park. The retail area includes Alvin’s Island and Pepper Place, with a Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen opening soon. The park features 21 rides, including the Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster.

“We chose to start the next phase with a large indoor waterpark because it allows our guests a year-round opportunity to play in the water,” said Kristin Hellmich, OWA’s Director of Marketing/PR. “Whether it’s cooling off their summer sun burns or escaping cold temperatures, this exciting new amenity will provide never-ending thrills.”

The addition of a water park was a natural fit for OWA, a Muscogee word for “big water.”

To read the article at the Tuscaloosa News, click here.