A BIG SPLASH

Written by Noah Hoffenberg | www.barnstablepatriot.com
August 28, 2015  

An architect's rendering of the planned water park at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. Courtesy image

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation project that will triple the size of its indoor water park and include a retractable roof.

The resort owner, the Catania Hospitality Group, announced this week that the project will add a 20,000-foot indoor water park that’s expected to open in the summer of 2016. The existing 10,000-square-foot indoor wave pool will be incorporated into the resort’s new water park.

The renovation will also include upgrades to the resort’s rooms and facilities, including new family suites, which can sleep seven.

“We really want to continue on the track of attracting families. This really brings it to a whole other level,” said Joyce K. Groemmer, director of marketing for Catania. She could not specify the dollar amount of the project.

Groemmer noted how the retractable roof will let the sun in when the weather is good and daylight when the weather is bad.

The new water park will feature two body slides, a 300-foot “river” with waterfalls and rapids, a children’s spray deck, a toddler-friendly area and a restaurant.

The existing wave pool will stay open during construction, as will the rest of the resort. Work -- expected to begin in November -- will largely be conducted during the week to minimize the effect on weekend visitors. Guests will also receive accommodations at the resort that are located away from construction. Work will also halt completely during school vacation weeks, holidays, summer vacation and large conferences.

The new pool will also have a day pass option, as long as resort occupancy allows, making it a destination for groups, parties or area residents looking for a fun way to cool off.

Groemmer said a building permit has been issued for the project; the town’s Regulatory Services Division did not return a call seeking comment.

Catania purchased the Cape Codder in 2000. It also owns the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich and the John Carver Inn in Plymouth.