Coyote wrote:[font=Georgia]Park Permits Back On Track[/font]Permits that would make the Wild Escape theme park a reality at The Highlands are back on track following a meeting Tuesday in the Wheeling office of U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. At the meeting, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh office promised to begin mandatory advertising for public comment on the permits “within the next week,” said Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton. If all goes well, he said the permits could be issued within the next 30 days.
“We have been telling everybody all along that the hold up was the permit process,” Wharton said. “Hopefully, we can move forward with it. We began the permit process a year ago, and our question to the Corps was, ‘How long does it take?’ It has taken longer than it should have, and the corps agrees with that.” It was in June 2006 that developer Steve Minard announced plans to build the Wild Escape theme park at The Highlands. He anticipates investing $200 million in the project, which he said has been delayed because of the lack of permits from the Corps.
Minard has said he is currently developing five Wild Escape sites throughout the United States. These are located in Ohio County; Omaha, Neb., and three other sites he has yet to announce. He also has said he is having rides for the parks manufactured not just domestically, but also in Germany, England, Italy and Argentina.
The Omaha one is supposed to open in the Summer of 2002. I cant wait!
Wild Escape Theme Park will offer year round family oriented entertainment with offerings for ages from two to 102. Â Of course, we will have some of the world’s best rides and attractions, but there will be so much more.
Events will be included in park admission throughout the year including concerts, celebrity appearances (Come on Carrot Top!), seasonal festivals, craft fairs, antique fairs and more.
Food will include all the traditional fresh favorites such as corn dogs, fresh cut fries, turkey legs, burgers and pizza along with cotton candy, specially blended ice cream and chocolates. Â Even more, there will be gourmet offerings and table service restaurants serving the best food in the region.
The adjoining hotels will have spas, restaurants and other amenities and will be attached to the indoor park and restaurants. Â In the middle of winter, you can check in and have enough to do for a three day weekend.
The indoor offerings include Port of Call shopping and dining and the Islands indoor park and waterpark.
Outdoor includes Classic Nostalgia Park, Tropic Fantasy and Wild Child
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