Could a year-round water park come to the GTA?

Developers pitch water park with retractable roof for Toronto or Mississauga

Developers say they expect a new Greater Toronto Area theme park designed to offer summer 365 days a year will be up and running by the fall of 2016.
The 9,300-square-metre attraction will offer sandy beaches, wave pools, cabanas, restaurants, lazy rivers, vendors and live entertainment.

Developers say the $60 million indoor/outdoor complex is designed to fill a void in the GTA's tourism market, and will be equipped with a retractable roof, allowing it to operate every day of the year.

Apart from the new Ripley's Aquarium, they point out that there haven't been any new attractions in the GTA since Canada's Wonderland 30 years ago.

The site of the massive complex is still undetermined, but has been narrowed to the three locations and developers of the MarbleLive project say they're in talks with officials in Mississauga and Toronto.

They say they're looking for a location that offers the easiest access for tourists as well as finding an ideal site for local residents.

``We're trying to build a crown jewel so the location really matters,'' said Toronto entrepreneur John Barrack, a managing partner of MarbleLive.
``After you go through the winter that we just went through you realize that you really need to give people of all ages something to do in the winter,'' said Barrack.

Mark Bishop, a co-CEO at MarbleLive, said their research has found that Canadians are looking for more things to do in their own backyards.

``The challenge we face as people who live in this area (GTA) is that there really isn't a lot to do,'' said Bishop.

Once fully operational, the theme park is expected to employ 230 full time personnel and attract more than 500,000 visitors within its first year of operation.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/18/2014 08:15 AM
    No chance it would be in Toronto. We have a completely dysfunctional city council who couldn't agree on what toilet paper they should all wipe their collective asses with. Between environmental studies, then more environmental studies, then the requirement for washrooms for females, males, transgenders, transsexuals, crossdressers and hermaphrodites there won't be room for the water park. Then they'll start on the food concessions...

    Mississauga will approve this in a flash without all of Toronto's nonsense.
    1. Only Common Sense posted on 03/18/2014 08:52 AM
      @Frankie Agreed.
      Between the antics of the "almost-mayor" and the copious red tape that he promised to get rid of ... and DIDN'T, Mississauga is the logical choice.
  2. don was right posted on 03/18/2014 09:06 AM
    RoFo and DoFo would put this thing in teh portlands - a much better use of that space than low rent condos. So elect RoFo and it will happen. Without any requirement for LBGT flags.Or Miller toilets.
  3. Scott posted on 03/18/2014 10:09 AM
    A litle early for an April fools day article.
  4. john posted on 03/18/2014 10:32 AM
    Scott agreed .

    i wonder how many of the people ruining for mayor are going to promise to get rid of it after people bitch about it . this is a election year after all .
  5. dama posted on 03/18/2014 02:42 PM
    Another tourist attraction in Toronto? Resolve the gridlock first or don't even think about putting anything NEW in Toronto along the water front..

    200 plus jobs promised and most will be part time and going to students earning minimum wage and WE taxpayer will foot the land and taxes that city hall will donate or defer.

    Maybe Markham should volunteer their land for this $60 water park..
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