WARNER ROBINS, GA.-- - Rigby's Entertainment Complex will be breaking ground on their new water park in September.
Rigby's is a hole-in-one for the Kinnes who bring their grandkids from Maryland here every summer. Now they're glad to see the park racing to get construction on the water park and other new additions started.
"We're excited about it. It's going to happen. It's going to be a great location. It's going to do a lot for this area," said customer Ted Kinne.
"There will be bulldozers moving dirt in a few days," said Steve Rigby. "The waterslide structures are being built at a facility. They'll be deconstructed, brought to the location and brought back up. Your kids are gonna love it."
"It's always fun coming down here, you know, doing the laser tag and the go carts, so I feel like some improvement will be pretty nice. Like the water park. That's definitely going to be nice. It's always hot here in Georgia," says Kinne's grandson Cody Gensic.
This has been in the works since December 2013, according to a previous report WMAZ did in July 2014.
In 2014, Rigby had plans for an amphitheater, ropes course, zip line, surf stream, triplex slide, speed slide, lazy river, a junior-size competition-level swimming pool, two hotels, a 6-field softball complex, soccer fields and more.
The groundbreaking will start at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Operations Officer, Keith Daniels, says it should be done by Mother's Day 2017.
"It's going to be roughly about 25 acres. It'll have multiple slides. It will have a wave pool. It will have a lazy river. It'll have a junior size Olympic pool. Some of it will be done in stages and some of it will be done right off the bat," says Daniels.
Some customers say it'll bring people to Warner Robins.
"We've already got a good reputation here and I think it will be even better thanks to Mr. Rigby," says Kinne.
Rigby's is bringing a reputation of fun in the sun to the International City. Tickets will be about twice as expensive as the Sandy Beach Water Park in Bibb County at around $25. At least 80 people will be hired after the expansion, most of them lifeguards.