A long-planned water park and entertainment center is coming to Calverton.
Island Water Park, located on 42 acres south of Route 25, received a key approval from Riverhead Town after 18 years of proposals of all shapes and sizes.
“This is going to be a destination park for Riverhead,” Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said. “This is going to engage our youth and, more exciting than anything else … it’s going to involve individuals of all age groups and it’s going to give discounts for Riverhead Town residents. It’s going to be an economic driver.”
Owner Eric Scott, whose 30-year-old son Cody is now involved in the project, said he’s hoping for a soft opening in November or December.
The $25 million project Island Water Park includes a 65,000-square-foot building and a 120-acre man-made lake on which no fossil fuels will be used, according to executive Ken Myers. It also will have a full-service restaurant and cafe, and more than 30,000 square feet of “state of the art attractions,” he said.
Among the indoor activities planned are a four-foot surf pool, rock climbing, Formula One race car simulators, a Ninja warrior course, bumper cars, virtual reality stations and a CrossFit gym.
The outdoor attractions proposed are a floating inflatable Aquapark, bumper boats, beach volleyball courts, kayaks and paddle boards and a cable tow park.
Mr. Scott said Island Water Park will not be in competition with Splish Splash Water Park, located about two miles east on Route 25.
“Splish Splash has rides,” he said. “We don’t have even one ride here. Everything is an activity.”