How serious is Bart Blatstein about building a family-friendly indoor water park at the Showboat?
Is holding a press conference serious enough?
On Thursday, the developer used the stage to unveil renderings of a glass-enclosed structure. The indoor water park design includes a retractable roof.
As far as amenities go, plans include:
- Water slides
- Lazy river
- Food and beverage outlets
- Party rooms
More importantly, the water park will be the first of its kind in Atlantic City.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Blatstein also appeared before the Casino Redevelopment Authority (CRDA) earlier in the day.
He is billing the proposed $100 million project as “the best pound-for-pound indoor water park in the country.”
Showboat indoor water park proposed layout
Below is an artist’s rendering of what the interior of the Showboat indoor water park may look like. Highlights include the water slides, pool and lazy river.
Click here to view additional renderings of the indoor water park, the retractable roof and how the park will connect to the Showboat Hotel.
Water park addresses a major Atlantic City need
During the summer months, families visiting Atlantic City have the beach, the Atlantic Ocean and Steel Pier.
But what offerings are there for families with young children during the offseason or a rainy day?
Spending the day at an indoor water park is a much better answer.
And as far as Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. is concerned, this project addresses the need for family-focused, non-casino amenities.
“We can’t survive on (casino gaming) alone anymore. We have to diversify,” Small said during the press conference. “Our weak spot, our Achilles’ heel, our sore spot, is lack of family attractions.”
When will Showboat’s indoor water park open?
Blatstein and his team aren’t ready to start digging just yet.
The unnamed aquatic attraction will be built on the vacant parking lot that sits between the Showboat and Ocean Casino Resort.
As far as the next steps go, according to the Press of Atlantic City, the CRDA board of directors is expected to consider application requests at the July 21 public meeting.
And Blatstein needs to complete the final site plan paperwork and get all the necessary permits.
In terms of a general timeline, the developer mentioned a possible September groundbreaking. The water park is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
By the way, casino gambling returning to the Showboat is no longer in the cards, at least for now.
Opening a water park will make a much bigger splash.