When Van Buren officials first got word that a giant sports park was coming to town, it sounded too good to be true.
When he first came here and presented his idea of the water park and two hotels, indoor motocross, I thought it was a big pipe dream, said Town Supervisor Mary Crego.
It may have started out as a dream, but now it's a reality. The $80 million project is already underway and will include a motocross course, skate park, paintball fields, and a six-story water park.
The plan for the property was you can come with the family, and everyone would have something to do. Teenagers, every single demographic, said Action Developers Inc. CEO Jacob Wright.
There's no denying it's a big project in a small town. So, how did the developers choose the location? Wright said it was easy to see what the Van Buren site has to offer.
We have a 50 acre parcel out here that's right on the Thruway and 690 near the fairgrounds, and it's a really great area. It's wedged in between two very nice suburbs: Baldwinsville and Camillus, Wright said.
And what will Van Buren get out of the project besides a lot of fun? Town officials said the park will bring in plenty of tourists and money.
Come in, and take advantage of the rest of things Van Buren has to offer. That's for sure, said Crego.
The economic impact report said over ten years, it should dump $930 million into the community," said Wright.
Wright said most of the park, including the motocross track, will be open in a couple of months. The water park should be ready by next spring.