UPDATE: The Branson Tax Increment Financing Commission has voted to send the massive public-private water park project to city aldermen.
(Branson, Mo.--03/05/18) The city of Branson’s entertainment district is looking to expand as they propose a new nearly half million dollar indoor water park and resort.
CP Branson LLC met with city leaders today to convince an eleven member commission to allow the company to be granted a tax increment financing for the project.
"We believe that for Branson to stay successful in the future that we have to stay fresh. We believe this project will help us do that as a community," explains David Cushman, Principal of CP Branson LLC, the project developer.
A $446 million indoor outdoor water park and resort dubbed "Branson Adventures" is being proposed by developer CP Branson LLC.
"This is an indoor water park of a mega size. It’s a 100,000 sq ft. of indoor space. It can be utilized 365 days out of the year so matter how cold it is, no matter if it rains, it doesn’t matter."
However a group of 11 city leaders will have to determine whether or not taxpayers will help pay for it.
"Once people hear more about the plan and they understand the Impact of this project on the entire market, we believe that will change."
The proposed location for the more than 300 acres is at the Western end of the 76 strip in Branson.
"We are impacting this market in a very large way outside of the boundaries of our TIF district and that we can bring a new and exciting reason for people wanting to come to Branson."
Scott Shipley, Whitewater Experience Designer, tells FOX5 that the indoor water park resort will be equipped with a whitewater rafting course. He says this will be the first of it's kind in the United States.
"We create an artificial river system and that’s the core of a greater park which we call an Outdoor Adventure Center. There’s about 20 different things that people can do. Some of them are wet, some of them are dry, but that core attraction is white water rafting which you might do Ocoee River in Tennessee," explains Shipley.
Developers hope the park would draw in more than 600,000 visitors to Branson annually. Karen Best, Mayor of Branson, tells FOX the new developments are part of a plan to offer something for everyone.
"There’s so much to do that you can only do a water park for so long. Then you’re going to venture out, you’re going to see shows, you’re going to shop, you’re going to go to restaurants," adds Best.
If the commission recommends the park, developers say the City of Aldermen will consider the project on March 27th. Developers say construction would begin next year.