Mega water park could be coming to Orange County

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BLOOMING GROVE -

A mega-sized water park may be coming to Orange County and bringing millions of dollars in revenue along with it.

Indoor water park giant Great Wolf Resorts announced on Wednesday that it is looking to build a resort in Orange County similar to the one it owns in the Poconos.

Camp LaGuardia, a former homeless shelter in Chester and Blooming Grove, is the prime choice for the project, according to officials.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has told News 12 that Great Wolf is looking at several sites, but that a lodge anywhere in the county would bring a boon to Orange's bottom line.

“I think we're looking at about 500 jobs. I think we're looking at about 500,000 visitors a year,” says Neuhaus.

With a possible 400- to 500-room hotel on the site, Neuhaus said they were looking at millions alone in just sales and motel tax for the rooms.

The site of the proposed park would be only 8 miles from where the new Legoland will be in Goshen.

Blooming Grove Town supervisor Rob Jeroloman tells News 12 that a water park would revive the 258-acre camp that is owned by the county but has been vacant for the last 10 years.

According to Neuhaus, Great Wolf Resorts would want to start construction on a new resort within the year and be open in less than two years’ time - if they choose a site in the county.  

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