Category Archives: Funding

CannonDesign – Cost Trends

As most of us know in the recreation design industry, CannonDesign is a multidisciplinary international design firm.  Cannon’s December newsletter focuses on economic trends impacting design and construction.  It reviews unemployment rates, Non-residential Construction, GDP, futures, and construction cost values.  For those interested in a crystal ball look into 2013, I encourage you to take a look.


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Indian Tribe Takes The Plunge

In May of 2012, Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel held their grand opening for the newly completed 243 room hotel which features a 45,000 sq. ft. indoor water park. Built to accommodate 850 fun and thrill seekers, this could just another joint venture hotel/waterpark. However what sets Soaring Eagle apart, is not the multiple indoor/outdoor water slides or the indoor FlowRider surf machine (over 500 miles from the nearest ocean); what makes Soaring Eagle different is that it was built and is owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

Recently featured in the World Water Park Association publication, this facility represents non-gaming revenue opportunities to secure the tribe’s financial well-being. Taking the plunge into the waterpark & hotel markets as a way to entertain the entire family, the waterpark celebrates nature and the Saginaw Chippewa tribal heritage and symbology.

For more information, read the World Water Park Association article, or visit the Soaring Eagle Hotel and Waterpark next time you’re in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Evergreen McMinnville on Heading for Continued Success

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has successfully added to its 20 year history with a mission “To inspire and educate, to promote and preserve aviation and space history, and to honor the patriotic service of our veterans.”  The significant expansion completed in 2011 included the addition of a unique learning based water park experience.  The Wings and Waves Water Park is buildt on the legacy of the Spruce Goose that became a feature element of the campus in 1993.  Continuing the water and aircraft theme, the new water park features a real 747 aircraft as a slide dispatch tower, space shuttle replicas and other iconic aviation experiences are throughout the park.  Having just completed its first year with outstanding results, the leadership is planning for the future.

The goal is to expand the educational experience that will result in an extended length of stay and continue to develop the Evergreen Campus as a destination.  The result will be an economic engine that positively impacts Yamhill County and Oregon tourism in general.  Future plans may include a Timberline Lodge, Kids Adventure Camp and a Youth Hostel which could potentially be located inside an airplane.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum featuring Wings and Waves is on a heading for tremendous success.  This blog post was based on the recent article published by The Oregonian titled “Spruce Goose plus a water park equals successful attraction for Evergreen in McMinnville

Five Municipalities Partner for Aquatics Success

How do five municipalities agree on the replacement of two outdated swimming pools in two different locations with the support of the community and local school district? Cooperation, mutual respect, and options were vital to success.

The Municipalities

It began when a 1997 Park Survey revealed community interest in new swimming pools for the Centre Regional Recreation Authority (CRRA), which serves the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG), including the State College Borough and the townships of College, Harris, Ferguson, and Patton in Centre County, PA.

Since the two pools were becoming physically and functionally obsolete, no longer the pride of the region, an Aquatic Survey in 2000 dug deeper. In 2002, an Aquatic Feasibility Study was performed; however, it came back with only one recommendation: build a waterpark.  COG and CRRA, interested in exploring additional options, commissioned an extension to the study which was presented in 2004.

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National Swimming Pool Foundation Grants

The NSPF mission statement is: To enhance healthy living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research.  In support of this mission, the board has awarded four grants totaling $180,995. One health benefit grant was awarded to Utah State University and three injury prevention grants were awarded to University of Arizona, Purdue University, and the University North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC). These grants will sustain ongoing research supported by NSPF in recent years and embark on new research.  The board maintains its’ commitment to encourage increased aquatic activity through funding evidence-based research. “We refuse to allow the economy to deter us from promoting aquatics,” remarked Bill Kent, retiring Chairman of the NSPF Grant Review Committee.  “The science eliminates the bad things and discovers the good things that show how getting in water benefits humankind,” he added.