Water park in lower Currituck plans opening next summer

By on July 27, 2016

 Construction of a water park designed for up to 5,000 daily guests in lower Currituck County is planned to start in September, with a projected opening date of next summer.

Development of the site will be led by OBX Waterpark Adventure LLC, a new company established to build and operate the facility, which is owned by Arthur Berry III and Kenneth Ellis.

The company said in a press statement Wednesday the water park will have a theme reflecting the area’s historical and coastal heritage.

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in May to approve rezoning the 80-acre site, which is now  used by Barnhill Construction for  storage north of Harbinger on the west side of U.S. 158.

To accommodate the company’s plans, commissioners also said OK to increasing the height restriction on recreational structures to 110 feet for waterslides.

The park will require 76,000 gallons of water a day, according to the engineering firm working on the project.

Ellis touted the economic benefits of the $45 million project.

“By locating the property just off the Outer Banks it allows the area to retain its relaxed beach atmosphere, yet at the same time provide visitors with an easily accessible option for a one-of-a-kind recreational experience,” Berry added.

Berry and Ellis also own Camelback Resort, a 276 acre, four-season resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, which attracts more than  1.5 million guests annually and has one of the largest indoor waterparks in the country at just over 125,000 square feet.

“By comparison, traditional water parks of this magnitude typically handle 8,000+ daily guests, yet the OBX water park will set a maximum daily capacity of 4,000 – 5,000.” Berry said. “Capping the attendance ensures an unparalleled guest experience — unlike any other water park in the country.”

Plans for the 80-acre park include multiple water slide complexes, a large wave pool, adventure lagoon and lazy river, and a FlowRider surf ride attraction.

Over 2 acres will be dedicated to a children’s adventure area with a double entry wave pool and other  interactive play areas and structures.

Fifty private, wait-serviced cabanas with food and beverages, and retail venues will also be offered.

Conceptual design for the water park located near the 8500 block of Caratoke Highway, north of Harbinger. (OBX Waterpark Adventure LLC)

The nautical theme of the water park will draw on familiar icons, the company says, such as historic lighthouses, famous pirate ships and the Wright Brothers.

Weber Group came up with concept. The firm has produced themes for ADG, Disney, Cedar Fair Entertainment, NASA, Great Wolf Lodge and Crayola.

Wave pool expansion built by ADG at Ocean Breeze. (Facebook)

Aquatic Development Group, a New York company that specializes in the design and development of water parks and water ride attractions, will handle the design and construction.

Clients include Six Flags, Disney, Premiere, Great Wolf, Hilton, Hyatt, Wyndham and more.

ADG has completed several projects in the area, including a $25 million three-pool training facility at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation and Technical Training Center at Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City with wave generation technology.

ADG has also designed and built a one-million gallon wave pool addition and three-acre lazy river expansion at Ocean Breeze Waterpark in nearby Virginia Beach.

At Massanutten Resort near Harrisonburg, Va., the company designed and built a three-story, 42,000-square-foot indoor water park and 88,000 square-foot outdoor complex.

The company also designed and built a wave pool used in scenes in the film Life of Pi, which won four Oscars, including the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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  • Rose Frawley

    When will the park open

    Sunday, Jun 18 @ 8:30 am