70 Trucks Pour Concrete for the Main Pump Room at Blatstein’s Island Water Park in Atlantic City | Local News
ATLANTIC CITY – Truck after truck delivered concrete to the construction site of the ISLAND water park next to the Showboat Atlantic City, starting in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
A spokesman for Showboat owner Bart Blatstein said 70 trucks poured 700 yards of concrete for the main pump room, starting around 4:30 a.m. and ending late in the morning.
The room that will house the pumps for the slides of the 103,000 square foot year-round indoor water park, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2023.
The park will include waterslides, pools and a lazy river, as well as food and retail outlets, lounges and party rooms, according to Blatstein.
The entire project will be covered by a retractable glass roof, to make it a year-round destination, Blatstein said.
Blatstein says it will be the largest indoor oceanfront water park in the world.
Last month, Blatstein secured private financing to build the water park, ending the need to sell $97 million in bonds through the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.
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Procida Funding & Advisors, of Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, is helping fund the project and more, CEO William Procida said in a phone interview.
“We took out a loan for a lot of money to do a lot of things,” Procida said in the interview. “I can be more specific in a few months. The construction is in progress. »
The bonds had not sold for more than a year, leading some townspeople to fear the project was not moving forward.
Procida, 59, said the water park, added to Blatstein’s 120,000-square-foot Lucky Snake Arcade — which opened in 2021 and which Blatstein calls New Jersey’s largest — and the recently opened Showboat Raceway , an indoor go-kart track, convinced him the city is ripe for a transformation.
“It’s going to be a game changer because Atlantic City is going to be a family destination now,” Procida said last month.
Blatstein said that currently only 8% of Atlantic City’s 25 million annual visitors are families.
The inauguration of the ISLAND water park took place on January 12, 2022.
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