Rain indoor waterpark set to debut in early June

SANDUSKY Rain is expected in the next few weeks. At least that's the case inside the
May 24, 2010



Rain is expected in the next few weeks.

At least that's the case inside the Quality Inn & Suites on Cleveland Road, where construction Rain, an indoor waterpark, is nearly complete.

"I am optimistic we will be open in the very near future," said Mike Sortino, the director of operations at the Quality Inn.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot indoor waterpark will feature two slides and will shower guests with water every half hour. Thunder and lightning effects will also aid the new waterpark's identity. A 50-foot tower will lead guests to the top of the two slides, which curve in and outside of the building. The slides end inside the hotel, at the hotel's indoor pool.

"We thought a waterpark would be a nice fit for the existing facility," Sortino said. "We're giving (guests) something else to do ... another reason to visit us."

Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to slip down the slides.

The Quality Inn & Suites also offers a bowling alley, Cedar Lanes; the off-track betting parlor, Cedar Downs; and The Thirsty Pony, a racing-themed restaurant and lounge. The entire facility is known as the Greentree Complex.

Sortino said he hopes the nearly $2 million project will open by early June. He said the hotel's original plan was to open this weekend, but shipment of the slides delayed the project by a couple of weeks. The pieces, which were shipped in from Europe, "took a little extra time (getting) through customs," Sortino said.

Rain will be just one of several new improvements to the inside of the Quality Inn & Suites.

Laser tag, party rooms, a golf simulator and ten bowling lane lounges -- complete with couches and coffee tables -- will greet this summer's crowd of tourists.

"When you combine it with everything else we do, it's going to be a home run," Sortino said.

Rates will remain the same as last year, with prices ranging from $79 to $169, depending on the season. Use of the indoor waterpark will be included in a night's stay, but party packages will also be available.

"We wanted to bring it to the mid-market level" said Sortino, adding that building a bigger indoor waterpark would have meant extra money for the hotel's guests. "We wanted everything to be affordable."