MASSILLON, Ohio– It’s the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere: a water park and aquarium in one, and it’s being built in Massillon.
“I can’t tell you how many families are going to love and enjoy this project,” said Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry.
She talked about the unique project at a meeting on Tuesday. She said it’s not only going to offer entertainment, but help create jobs.
The attraction, which doesn’t yet have a name, will be built at the Legends of Massillon, a golf course owned by the city. Since it will take up space there, the course will go from 27 holes to 18.
As far as features go, the aquarium will house all kinds of wildlife, including rescued marine mammals that could not be returned to their original habitats.
On the water park side, there will be rides for all ages.
There will be lots of plants too. Senior partner Rex Ferguson said they’re going for a Florida-scape theme.
“We’ll introduce some neat intellectual property that will be educational and help with our overarching message of conservation,” he said.
In addition to educational programs, there will also be an opportunity to sign up for therapy with marine mammals.
The project isn’t a done deal just yet, city council will have to give the okay first. If they do, everything should be up and running in less than a year.