One Northwest Arkansas city will be getting a multi-million dollar water park that’s expected to bring in millions in tourism.
Although we are experiencing near freezing temperatures right now, the Walton Family Foundation along with the Grand River Dam Authority is working to build a more than $15 million water park on the Illinois River.
The park will feature things like white water kayaking and mountain biking, but will also help to sustain the local ecosystem.
The white water rapids for the park will be built with natural stone from the river basin. The area is expected to be between 20 to 30 acres near what’s left of the Lake Francis dam.
The Siloam Springs water resource company will maintain ownership of the dam structure and some of the lands near the site, while the white water park will be constructed and maintained by the GRDA.
Visitors are expected to bring in millions in revenue surrounding the white water tourism site.
“What we are going to have when it’s all said and done is really a world-class facility we believe. It’s going to have some positives for not only the human visitors but also the wildlife as well,” said Justin Alberty, GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications.
The groups are still in the permitting process, but once approved by the Army Corp of Engineers, the park could be built in a span of two years.