Construction of multi-million dollar water park at power centre to begin this year
Making a splash
MILLBROOK - Construction of a 100-room hotel with an attached, year-round water park will start this year and open in 2012, says Millbrook Chief Lawrence Paul.
The band is expected to make a formal announcement later this week but a program announced Wednesday ties employment opportunities to the new multi-million dollar facility.
"It's going to go," Paul told reporters after the employment program announcement.
"After we get the water park up here and the 100-room hotel, I think it will entice other business to locate up here."
Paul said it is working with Splash, an American company, who is building four such facilities in Canada, including the one in Millbrook. The band is working with Pacrim Hospitality, which is a management company for a number of major hotel chains, to make the park a reality.
Work is underway to the south of the Convergys call centre to prepare the site for
"It's going to help the economy, it's going to create more jobs for the non-Indian and for the native people," Paul said. "Everything we do, it has a spinoff for the Town of Truro and Colchester County."
The band has other irons in the fire for the Truro Power Centre. Saltscapes, which produces an Atlantic Canadian magazine, is looking at opening a restaurant in the building that formerly housed the Bear and Bull restaurant and was initially built for Mugsy McCeol's and the Keltic microbrewy.
Band officials are also looking at adding a major American retail sport chain to the park.
Paul said the recession had an impact on the centre's progress, as some companies didn't want to start another business or relocate during the downturn in the economy.
"Now that's clearing up, we have more fish on the line that we're talking to," he said.