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Camelback unveils plans for new indoor water park

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:36:05 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 06:11:32 AM CST

453 room resort will join water park

TANNERSVILLE, Pa. -

Camelback Resort wants you to be able to play in the water, no matter the outside temperature.

The Poconos resort has an outdoor water park when the temperatures are a bit warmer, of course.

But a major, new addition will make it possible to make a splash no matter what season it is. 

Fifty years ago, the owners of Camelback Mountain Resort just wanted to give people a place to ski in the Poconos.

"It's our history. It's rich in history. We have our present, and a very exciting future,” said one worker.

The resort's owners will add a new dimension in 2015.

"It's a big day for Camelback, and it's a big day for my partner and I," said Ken Ellis, partner and Camelback Mountain Resort owner. "We've had a vision of creating this resort here this hotel for nine years.”

The group released plans Tuesday for a $163 million indoor water park and resort.

The eight-story building will have 453 rooms and three acres of indoor water park, making it the largest indoor water facility on the east coast, according to the owners.

"People are going to come no matter what. I just come for the winter,” said one person after hearing about the announcement.

When the water park opens, it will be one of three in the region, leaving some to wonder whether there are enough tourism dollars to go around.

"Each park has a little bit of a unique distinctive fashion about them that will make them draw to different groups of people," said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "Different families, different kinds of meeting and conferencing groups, reunions and conferencing and other types of activities.”

"There's 42 million people that can drive 180, 160 miles from where we are right now," added Ellis. "So the Poconos survived as a honeymoon capitol of the world with 10 or 12 honeymoon resorts. They all did well and I think it will be the same thing here.”

Construction crews started work in September. Owners said in spring of 2015, be ready to be amazed.