HYANNIS — Score one for fun.
A 30,000-square-foot indoor water park is at the heart of renovation plans for the Cape Codder Resort & Spa on Iyannough Road announced Monday by The Catania Hospitality Group, which owns the resort.
Housed under a retractable roof, the new attraction will include two body slides, a 300-foot “lazy river” with waterfalls and rapids, a spray deck for kids and a water-play area for toddlers.
The 20,000-square-foot addition will be constructed within the resort’s courtyard and “seamlessly” added to its existing 10,000-square-foot indoor wave pool, which is open to the public and also features 50- and 80-foot water slides and a 24-person whirlpool.
“We are really thrilled,” Joyce Groemmer, director of marketing, said of the go-ahead for the multi-million-dollar project. “The new retractable roof will make it almost an indoor-outdoor facility and give our guests the best of both worlds.”
The water park provides a new recreational attraction centered on children. Over recent decades, the Cape has lost a number of popular kid destinations, including Seaview Playland in Dennis Port, Zooquarium in West Yarmouth and two miniature golf courses in Hyannis.
With that in mind, members of the business community were encouraged by the Cape Codder's announcement.
Louis Nickinello, president of Skull Island Adventure Golf and Sports World in South Yarmouth, is working on his own expansion plan that includes building a 55,000-square-foot sports hall, hotel, water park and garden area, all indoors.
“I’m happy the Catanias are going forward with their expansion,” he said. “They‘ve identified a need and have gone forward to fill it.”
Rather than viewing the new Hyannis water park as a potential competitor, Nickinello said it only adds to his vision of making the Cape a regional tourist destination.
“By improving their facility, they’ll be drawing more traffic to the Cape, especially in the off-season, which is what we need,” he said.
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Chief of Staff Christopher Adams said the resort’s announcement is another indication of the Cape’s evolution into an “adventure travel destination.”
He cited the Cape Cod Inflatable Park in West Yarmouth and the Adventure Park at Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich as two examples of recreational options that go beyond a day at the beach.
Adams added that the water park would be a draw not only for visitors but for local families as well.
“The Cape Codder has a great reputation as a destination,” he said. “This will only enhance it, and it will give local kids additional opportunities to have some fun.”
Jessica Sylver, president and CEO of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the mother of two young children, also picked up on value of the water park to local families.
“I know I’ll be taking my kids there,” she said.
The completed water park is scheduled to open next summer. The resort is also planning to upgrade guest rooms, bathrooms, common areas and function facilities and construct new “family suites” to accommodate up to seven guests.
The Cape Codder and wave pool will remain open during construction. Construction will be limited to weekdays, work will be halted during school vacation weeks, holidays and large conferences, and the resort will do its best to let visitors know what’s happening.
“We are working very hard to keep the guest experience as enjoyable as possible,” Groemmer said.
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