GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – Island Oasis continues to be a popular destination to visit during the summer months on Grand Island, but what could be done to improve it?
The City of Grand Island is working with Waters Edge Aquatic Design Professionals of Kansas to help establish a master plan for the water park.
Island Oasis has been around since 1993, with a lazy river, wave pool, and multiple water slides. Over the years, the water park has lost some of its “wow” factors, resulting in lower attendance and cost recovery.
It must now compete with new facilities that have opened in nearby communities.
“People have a lot of options, so I think it’s important to have a new facility where people feel there’s something exciting every time they come in, so I think it’s important,” said Todd McCoy, director of parks and recreation at GI.
And that’s why Waters Edge is on Grand Island.
They are conducting a comprehensive facility assessment and master plan for Island Oasis to develop a plan that will meet the current and future needs of the community, while improving operational and financial sustainability.
He said they are going to look at everything from marketing to expansion, demand, how that might increase footfall and revenue, but also expenses and how that translates into a good business plan.
McCoy said they will look at the impact the future casino will have and if demand is there to potentially grow.
An entry session was held on Wednesday afternoon, where around 50 people shared their thoughts on what they wanted to see.
“We heard kind of a mixed message, I guess, in terms of ideas,” McCoy said. “Like dedicated lap time in deep water. We heard about a dedicated kids area like a paddling pool type setting for the little ones. I really had a lot of great ideas.
This was the first of three meetings devoted to the study. Additional methods for providing feedback are under development, including an online survey and a website.
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