Second Sunday: Kalahari owner says resort will continue to expand

Erie County's Kalahari water park Resort on U.S. 250 is the largest water park in the United States. The 173,000 square foot resort also draws visitors to Erie County with its 100,000 square foot convention center. The Sandusky location is the second Kalahari resort, after the original one in the Wisconsin Dells. A third is in the works in Fredericksburg, Va.
Tom Jackson
Aug 9, 2010

 

Erie County's Kalahari water park Resort on U.S. 250 is the largest water park in the United States. The 173,000 square foot resort also draws visitors to Erie County with its 100,000 square foot convention center.

The Sandusky location is the second Kalahari resort, after the original one in the Wisconsin Dells. A third is in the works in Fredericksburg, Va.

The driving force behind those water parks is Todd Nelson, the company's president and owner.

Q. Why did you choose Erie County to build your big water park?

A. There was a variety of reasons, one of them being it is a designated tourist destination. You have the fantastic Cedar Point that draws over three million people themselves a year. The area draws over 7 million, it was what my understanding was back then, between the islands and everything in the general area. There's over 50 million people in a four-hour driving radius. So it was really an obvious choice. We like to go to a place that already has a huge base of tourists, and we become part of it. We don't try to create the destination. We become part of the destination.

 

For the full story see Sunday's Register.

Comments

samiam

Why is Perkins Schools holding their 50th anniversary of Perkins High School at Kalahari?  Most of the tax dollars from this place goes to Huron Township.  Why did the school system not select a venue that pays its taxes to Perkins Township?  Why are they not supporting their own "local" businesses?  Another case of "do as I say, not as I do"?

thinktwice

WHERE IS THIS KAHALARI? I

'M FAMILIAR WITH KALAHARI BUT AS PRINTED KAHALARI MUST BE SOMETHING VERY BIG AND NEW MUCH LIKE THE KALAHARI WE ALL KNOW.

STILL THINKING... KAHALARI...HMMM ....

hancrack me up

 Maybe if they built one on the water downtown with a beach...Oh wait, what was I thinking-it would need a bullet proof dome around the entire complex. 

Who you voting ...

 Great to see a business expanding!

Raoul Duke

You are like family when you work there, until they get sick of you. Then you're out...

William Jeffers...

Todd says and does all the right things.  This is the kind of guy we should be proud of having in our community.   I think they may look to target to host sporting events/tournaments.  Indoor soccer facitliy, basketball, ice rink...all of these would work with the baseball fields being developed and bring in tournaments for each sport which would fill the rooms in the winter. 

ritt

 For Samiam ~ "Kalahari's 2006 real estate taxes will contribute $715,000 to area school districts -- Perkins and Huron. It is a 50-50 split." as printed in the register ~ Kalahari is a good choice for the Perkins Schools event.  Has lots to offer everybody, whether it be adults, kids, families, etc.  And if you haven't noticed, the number of places offering banquet facilities in Perkins that can host that many people has dwindled significantly.