Theme Park Construction Continues at a Rapid Pace in Preparation for Summer 2017 Opening in Foley, Ala.
(Foley, Ala.) – OWA, a first-class, family friendly tourist destination currently under construction near Alabama’s most popular beaches, is installing of its first theme park ride. The Park at OWA is the development’s 14-acre theme park that features more than 20 rides, including four roller coasters. The AeroZoom is the first of 20 rides currently being assembled onsite amid the flurry of construction activity.
With a colorful and attractive design, the AeroZoom allows riders to captain their own experience. By pushing and pulling on the control bar, riders are able to catch wind in the top sail by moving the cart up and down, just like a real hang glider.
“The AeroZoom is the first ride we have officially taken delivery for The Park at OWA,” OWA Marketing Director Kristin Hellmich said. “The remaining 20+ rides will be shipped over from Italy and installed during the coming months in preparation for a summer 2017 opening.”
A little history
OWA’s design celebrates its rural roots and the area’s natural beauty. The name OWA is inspired by the 14-acre lake at the center of this unique project. The complex will have the feel of a small Southern town that evolves through time with distinct districts, such as the Warehouse District, Downtown District and “The Park at OWA,” its Amusement District. The lake, 14-acre theme park, 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel and a wide selection of restaurant and shopping opportunities are all slated to open in summer 2017.
The 520-acre OWA development is adjacent to the city of Foley’s $40 million sports tourism complex, which features 16 state-of-the-art outdoor fields and a 90,000 square foot indoor events center. The outdoor fields are fully operational now, and the indoor events center is slated to open in summer 2017. The two projects will provide a seamless experience for “sport families” who travel to the area specifically for tournaments, but who will avail themselves of opportunities offered by OWA to entertain the entire family.
OWA is just 7 miles from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, just off the Foley Beach Express and County Road 20. Although that area of the state already hosts 6.2 million each year, OWA and Foley’s sport’s complex are expected to bring in an additional 1 million visitors a year.
Phase One of OWA, which includes the 150-room hotel, retail and dining spaces, amusement park and lake will open summer 2017. Future plans call for a waterpark, additional hotels, a condominium complex and a resort level RV park. When complete, total investment in the development will top $500 million.
About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Members of the Tribe have lived together for almost 200 years in and around their reservation in Poarch, Ala. The only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws.
A vital force in the economy of Alabama, the Poarch Creek Tribal Government and its enterprises employ more than 3,500 residents in the state of Alabama. Those include three Wind Creek Hospitality resorts (Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka and Wind Creek Montgomery) as well as Muskogee Technology and Muskogee Inn in Atmore, a TownePlace Suites at Redstone Gateway in Huntsville that was developed in partnership with Marriott, and a racetrack in Mobile.