Recently, the city of Pooler, Ga. approved a 10-acre, $7 million water park. Construction is scheduled to begin in the winter of 2013.
Meanwhile, Hilton Head Island Town Council has commissioned several studies during the past couple of years, proving that visitors would use an aquatics facility on the island.
The Pooler water park presents an economic challenge for the Town of Hilton Head Island, giving tourists another option for a day trip. In Pooler, kids could hit the water park, mom could go shopping and the entire family could buy everything from gas to dinner to emergency diapers. And all of those tax dollars would go to Georgia.
Ask any mom on Hilton Head if they would mind driving 45 minutes for a family experience and you will hear, "Yes." First rule of hospitality: Keep the kids happy, keep the parents happy.
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While we, as an island, provide an excellent experience for families who visit because of the beaches, parks, events, family-friendly restaurants and children's programming at places like The Sandbox and Coastal Discovery Museum, parents of young children are always seeking more.
The Island Recreation Association has an economically viable plan for a water park that is self-sustaining with projections of generating more than $220,000 in revenue the first year. I hope we can move forward in building something that remains uniquely Hilton Head and is tastefully designed.
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