Waterpark Finance; What Investors Require
The feasibility study is the first step in starting a new
waterpark. Leisure Business Advisors (LBA) specializes in
conducting this study, which is typically required by lenders and
investors to finance the project. The study provides market and
financial analysis and projections that will be used in the
developer's business plan.
The study also provides critical physical planning recommendations
for the business plan. It is critical that design plans are in
line with market needs and expected financial returns. These
planning guidelines need to be established before financing is in
place. Designers and managers can also benefit from the guidance
provided in the study, in addition to the project's investors.
As part of the feasibility study, LBA can work closely with you in
preparing the initial image package that would assist designers in
the planning stage of development that follows the feasibility
stage. We could provide a walk-through description and 3D computer
graphics conceptual images of your new water park seen through the
eyes of a typical visitor. These would preliminarily suggest the
planned "look and feel" of the new park in financial and marketing
Selected past waterpark consulting projects are described below.
All involved John Gerner, LBA's managing director.
Waterpark Expert Testimony (Niagara
Falls, New York USA)
LBA was retained by Empire State Development Corporation, 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 tourist
attraction development in this court case in early 2009.
Harris Beach was the attorney for this state authority and
the main client contact. In the court's decision filed on
April 5, 2010, it states "the Court places additional
reliance on the testimony of John Gerner. Mr. Gerner is a
leisure industry expert." Click
here for the court's decision.
Boardwalk at Hersheypark (Hershey,
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.
Morgan County Aquatic Center (Madison,
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 &