More Rain in Sandusky's forecast

SANDUSKY This summer's forecast looks like more Rain. The indoor waterpark and entert
Annie Zelm
May 24, 2010



This summer's forecast looks like more Rain.

The indoor waterpark and entertainment complex known for dousing its guests with hourly showers is growing.

Construction workers broke ground last week on Rain Drop Falls and Precipitation Park, a 5,000-square-foot expansion to the Rain waterpark that opened at Quality Inn & Suites in June at the corner of Cedar Point Drive and Cleveland Road. The addition will bring the complex's total size to more than 40,000 square feet.

Developer and manager Mike Sortino said the complex offers a more affordable alternative to the area's larger indoor waterparks.

"We've always had success, but with the growth of indoor waterparks, we tried to fill a niche and appeal to a different market," he said. "Here you can bowl, gamble, golf, play laser tag and go down the slides under one roof, for one price."

For less than $20 per person, hotel guests and area residents can access a full day of activities, as well as the new featuresscheduled to open in June.

The new areas, Rain Drop Falls and Precipitation Park, will feature a pond-shaped pool with a cascading waterfall amid the natural shade of trees on the east side of the hotel. The pool will be 5 feet at its deepest point and include a whirlpool and picnic area for outdoor parties. Guests will be able to easily travel between the indoor and outdoor play areas.

The complex is ideal for parties and group events, Sortino said, because it allows a variety of activities in a relatively small space, making it easier for parents and chaperones to keep track of young children.

Sortino said he plans to add six employees to staff the new area.

The project is expected to cost between $200,000 and $300,000, said George Sortino, who manages the property alongside his son.

"The success from the indoor waterpark we had this summer has given us the ability to expand much earlier than we expected," George Sortino said. "That gives us the ability to piggyback it into the outside, and hopefully the third phase will come next year."

George Sortino said the third phase could include adding more rooms to the 100-room hotel, which is already home to Cedar Lanes, Lazer Runner laser tag arena and the Thirsty Pony, Ohio's first and only off-track betting theater.

An outdoor bar is also in the works, he said.

"To find a property that has only 100 rooms and a waterpark is not common," he said. "Today, our guests expect and demand more, and we're going to give them more."