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Water Park Design: Taking the First Step 

The feasibility study is the first step in starting a new water park. Leisure Business Advisors LLC (LBA) specializes in conducting this study, which is typically required by financing institutions and investors.  

The study provides market and financial analysis and projections. It also provides critical physical planning recommendations to assist water park designers. It is critical that the designs are in line with market needs and expected cash flow. These physical planning guidelines need to be in place before construction and building can start. Designers, builders, and managers all benefit from the guidance provided in the study.

In addition to the feasibility study, LBA can also provide master planning & schematic design services. This effort could include color artist conceptual images of a new water park seen through the eyes of a typical visitor. 

Selected Projects

John Gerner, our managing director, has been a consultant for more than 20 years and has conducted feasibility studies for many water parks and theme parks in the United States, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, He has been a speaker at the World Waterpark Association (WWA) annual convention. Selected projects are highlighted below.

Water Park Expert Testimony (Niagara Falls, New York)

LBA was retained by Empire State Development, a public authority of the state of New York, to evaluate the feasibility of reopening Fallsville Splash Park in Niagara Falls. It was the subject of a New York State Supreme Court case. John Gerner served as an expert witness in water park development in this court case in early 2009. Harris Beach was the attorney for this state authority and the main client contact.

Morgan County Aquatic Center (Madison, Georgia)

The Morgan County Aquatic Center opened in 2009, and is a public facility operated by the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department. LBA conducted a feasibility study for the aquatic center as a subcontractor to Doran & Karwoski, Inc.

Boardwalk at Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
The Boardwalk at Hersheypark is a water park area of the theme park that opened in 2007. It includes a wave pool, lazy river, seven slides, and a children’s play area. Gerner Consulting evaluated the market and financial potential of water park activities for Hersheypark management as a subcontractor to Economics Research Associates. 

More Details on the Design Process

We pride ourselves on prompt service and are sensitive to time constraints. If needed, assignments can be accelerated for an extra fee. 

To learn more about the typical design process, click here.





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