Kansas aquatic design firm helping Grand Island see the future for Island Oasis

A Kansas aquatic design company is in Grand Island to help create a master plan for the future of Island Oasis.
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 4:55 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Island Oasis continues to remain a popular destination for people to visit over the summer months in Grand Island, but what could be done to make it better?

The City of Grand Island is working with Waters Edge Aquatic Design Professionals out of Kansas to help establish a master plan for the water park.

Island Oasis has been around since 1993, featuring a lazy river, wave pool and multiple water slides. Over the years, the water park has lost some of its “wow” factors, causing attendance and cost recovery to decrease.

It now has to compete with newer facilities that have opened in nearby communities.

“People have a lot of options so I think it’s important to have a fresh facility that people feel like there’s something exciting every time they come so I think that’s important,” Todd McCoy, G.I. Parks and Recreation Director, said.

And that’s why Waters Edge is in Grand Island.

They are doing a Comprehensive Facility Evaluation and Master Plan for Island Oasis to develop a plan that will meet community needs now and in the future, while improving operational and financial sustainability.

He said they are going to look at everything, the marketability of expansion, the demand, how it might increase attendance and revenue, but also look at the expenses and how it translates to a good business plan.

McCoy said they will consider what impact the future casino will have and if the demand is there to potentially expand.

An input session was held Wednesday afternoon, where about 50 people shared their thoughts on what they wanted to see.

“We heard kind of a mixed message, I guess as far as ideas,” McCoy said. ”Like dedicated time for lap swimming, deep water. We heard of a dedicated children’s area like a splash pad type of setting for just the little ones. Really had lots of good ideas.”

This was the first of three meetings for the study. Additional methods for providing feedback are in development, including an online survey and website.

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