Jeff Franklin, President of Spirit of America Theme Park and Development
This week on Eyewitness News we've told you about an Atlanta developer who wants to bring a water park to the Houston Peach County line.
13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet learned that's just part of his plan.
"On the west side of Vietnam Veterans on the east side of the interstate."
Councilman Mike Brashear shows the possible location of the city's new visitor's center and Vietnam memorial.
They also plan to lay the utility lines for something even bigger.
"We've been working for a year with a developer out of Atlanta to bring a water park here," says Councilman Mike Daley. That developer is Jeff Franklin, President of Spirit of America Theme Park and Development.
He said Warner Robins is the right location for a park similar to Statesboro's Splash in the Boro.
"It's a wonderful location. It's a stop over point on your way to Florida, it has a population ring over 350,000 people within a 45 minute drive was just outstanding for our park," explains Franklin.
He says although this is his first water park, his team has more than one hundred years of development experience.
"David Markey the creator and designer of Splash in the Boro along with Bob McCallister who's a 20-year director of aquatics in Cobb County, it's one of the most successful swim programs in Georgia." says Franklin.
And he says the water park is just the beginning.
"We're looking very strongly at an amphitheater to go across the street there. There's a phase two that involves a historic theme park. It's not the size of Disney of course but it is pretty good sized. It will employ several hundred people and be open year round and it's been designed by Peter Alexander who is the project manager for the building of Epcot down in Orlando," explains Franklin.
Councilman Daley says, "Being able to have an attraction that brings people here makes us a destination. It's the anchor that can kick off development for this particular area that we're standing, it's huge for us."
"The more new business we can bring in, the higher the tax revenues are, the better the facilities we'll be able to provide for our constituents and that's what it's all about growing new business in our area," says Councilman Mike Brashear.
It's all to bring more tourism to Central Georgia. Franklin plans to open his water park next April.