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Rigby's water park in Warner Robins opening in summer 2016

Bibb County opened a water park this summer. Next year, it's Houston County's turn.

Steve Rigby, owner of Rigby's Entertainment Complex in Warner Robins, says he plans to open his "Water World" to customers in the Summer of 2016.

He said Thursday, "We are at our final layout."

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After more than a year of designing plans, Rigby has his bulldozers ready to roll. The water park will go on 25 acres behind the go-cart track. The land sits near the intersection of Highway 96 and Lake Joy Road.

"Were going to have a seven acre parking lot right there", he said, pointing to a piece vacant property near Cohen Walker Drive.

Rigby said weather this fall and winter will impact when he can open, but if they do not face rain delays, he plans to open next summer. The first phase of the park will have a wave pool, 1,250 foot lazy river. kids zone and eleven water slides. One of the slides will be 100 feet, or ten stories, tall.

"It's going to be a water park that's second-to-none in this area," he said.

It will be about twice as expensive as the Sandy Beach Water Park in Bibb County, at around $25 per person. But, Rigby says it will also be about the twice the size.

"Cabanas, wave pool. Were going to have a lot more attractions from the beginning," he said.

Rigby is banking on bringing people in from up to two hours away, basing estimates on the people who come to his Entertainment Complex and five feasibility studies.

"All five came back with the same conclusion that this area is large enough to support it," he said.

He says similar studies worked for the original Rigby's, actually proving to underestimate attendance. After two years of operation, Rigby is expanding to add 30,000 square feet of space. That includes twelve additional bowling lanes, three party rooms, 40 new games, and doubling the size of the kitchen.

"We're at capacity on the weekends," he said.

Rigby's water park would be privately funded with no tax payer contributions, unlike the one at Sandy Beach.

He expects to hire at least 80 people, most of them lifeguards. Rigby's studies project about 169,000 people visiting the water park each summer.


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