Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2020 on a $50 million water park development in Montgomery which city and county officials say will transform the area economy.

The park, planned for Maxwell Boulevard off Interstate 65, will include an “Olympic standard recirculating whitewater course designed to appeal to the casual spectator and the passionate outdoor athlete.” But ultimately, it will also be comprised of retail options, restaurants, hotels, concert venues and event facilities with walking distance of the downtown area along the Alabama River, organizers say.

It is expected to open in 2022 and have an economic impact of $40 million.

“The impact of this will reverberate across our community and return the investment in more ways than we can imagine,” Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean said. “Not only will it improve the lives of citizens, but it will attract new tourists and give existing visitors a reason to stay one more night, which equates to an increase in tax revenue for the community.”

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