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Park News www.parkworld-online.com


Splash City Adventure Park breaks ground


J


im Mayoros, a southern Utah resident and a local businessman, recently held the ground breaking ceremony of Splash City Adventure


Park. The first major water park of its kind in St. George, Utah, this family-friendly water park is aiming to open its gates for the summer 2020 season. Splash City Adventure Park will be the home of the longest lazy-river in the state of Utah, crowned with a colourful tower consisting of nine twisting water slides. The park will also maintain a state-of-the-art wave pool, providing guests with


opportunities to surf curling waves in the middle of southern Utah. To appeal to younger guests, Splash City will be equipped with kid-zone


play areas and splash pads, providing a fun,


entertaining experience for every member of the family. Park creator Jim Mayoros has put innovative


thought and detail into making this park an exciting experience. Easily visible and accessible from the freeway, Splash City will be a deluxe epicenter for fun in the sun and will boast a myriad of water slides, pools, and


IAAPA celebrates grand opening of new headquarters


complimentary amenities. Locally owned Watts Construction of St. George has been hired to be the general contractor of Splash City.


in Orlando IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, officially opened the doors of its new 22,000-square- foot global headquarters in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. Located in the epi-centre of the global attractions industry, the custom-built headquarters is uniquely designed to celebrate and support IAAPA members from around the world. “We are thrilled to begin this next chapter of IAAPA’s


history with the completion of this beautiful new building,” said David Rosenberg, 2019 chairman of the IAAPA Board of Directors and vice president of Monterey Bay Aquarium. “Orlando is the heart of the attractions industry, and the perfect location for IAAPA. The headquarters will serve as the place for industry professionals to come together, to work, and to collaborate.


It is also perfectly


positioned to support the association’s global operations.” Located on seven acres near the headwaters of the


Florida Everglades, the new office was designed to reflect the diversity of the attractions industry. The building’s exterior features a unique wave pattern, representing the dynamic attractions industry. Inside, dramatic artistic elements include varying ceiling heights and a colorful mural. Built for IAAPA’s members, the building features exclusive


meeting rooms, special event space and workstations. The spacious patio features an outdoor kitchen and ample seating overlooking the natural landscape. “We are incredibly proud to officially call Orlando


home and welcome members from all over the world,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “We look forward to engaging and collaborating with members when they are in town and continuing to serve the global attractions industry. This building is the result of three years of hard work and teamwork with our members and many community partners and organizations, who came together to create this amazing space.” IAAPA employs 73 people worldwide, with close to


50 team members based in Orlando. The new building is home to the IAAPA North America regional office as well as the association’s headquarters team. Locally, IAAPA is most widely recognised for its IAAPA


Expo held each November at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual conference and trade show, currently booked to remain in Orlando through 2030, attracts more than 38,000 attractions industry professionals from 100 countries each year. IAAPA Expo 2019 is taking place Nov. 18-22, 2019.


14 OCTOBER 2019


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