LAGRANGE, Ga — A Wisconsin company that operates indoor water parks and lodging attractions across the United States is bringing the concept to LaGrange, Ga., with anticipated visitation approaching 500,000 people a year. Mayor Jim Thornton says the deal is official to bring the next installment of America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts to Georgia.
Plans are underway to break ground on a new Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark and resort that will come to LaGrange by 2018, the mayor confirms. Great Wolf Resorts plans to open a Great Wolf Lodge in the Troup County community less than an hour north of Columbus. The $170 million project will include a 93,000-square-foot indoor water park, outdoor play area, bowling lanes, an arcade and a hotel with 456 luxury themed suites, according to the company’s website. The park will offer 84-degree water temperatures year round, with the attraction including thrill rides, water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and play areas for pre-swimmers, the company said. The company’s website says the indoor water park is free to those staying in its lodging, with a limited number of additional wrist bands —required for entrance to the water park — available to outside visitors of hotel guests for $50 each and valid for one day.
A Great Wolf Lodge Resort representative says the project will mean 500 jobs for the community and 500,000 visitors annually. LaGrange City officials say the impact on the community could bring “millions and millions of dollars” to Georgia.
The Great Wolf Lodge will be located off Interstate 85 at the Whitesville Road/Georgia 219 interchange, or Exit 13, and just south of the Hamilton Road and Lafayette Parkway exits in LaGrange. It also is just south of the point where Interstate 185 to Columbus intersects with I-85. Officials says there are additional plans to build retail lots around the water park, including an outlet mall.
Great Wolf first wanted to build in Peachtree City, but city leaders voted the proposal down.