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EPIC attendance projected for Kingsland’s Adventure park

Kingsland Council receives an update on park project with attendance projections to reach over 3 million a year.

According to the EPIC Adventures Park developer Bill Gross, dirt should be turning soon to start construction on portions of the tourism park.

The initial Sports Complex designs are complete, which will be the first phase to begin construction for the entire six-phase project.

Also, developer Bill Gross states that discussions of 350 hotel rooms along with the RV park designs are well underway.

The RV park will be a full-service park containing 219 RV sites, 12 cabins, six cabanas, a clubhouse and a pool. The RV will have two playgrounds, an outside event stage, two large pavilions on a lake and lawns for playing games like volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard.

There will be three hotels built on site named the Mainland, Jekyll, and Cumberland to reflect the character of Georgia’s Golden Isles along with shopping and restaurant areas. Gross stated that many specialty vendors between Savannah and St. Augustine, FL  have contacted him about opening businesses in the new complex.

Picture credit – a Conceptual graphic art of where the Epic Adventure Park will reside near I-95 in Kingsland, GA. Picture provided by Epicadventures.com

Gross also mentioned the $18.1 million GEFA loan which will help finance the installation of a sewer and stormwater system. Gross stated that Community Improvement District (CID), known as the Georgia Community Improvement District has obtained all the loan documents needed to move forward. The city will pay 1.89 percent of the interest on the 20-year loan.

Gross stated that meetings were held with investment bankers to discuss the financing and incentives that are part of Tax Allocation Districts and Community Improvement Districts for that is how the EPIC Adventure Park is being financed.

Projected attendance of the park is expected to be over 3 million visitors a year according to a recently completed retail study. Initial projections reported over 2 million visitors a year in previous updates to the City Council, according to Gross.

Picture of powerpoint presented by Bill Gross to Kingsland City Council on EPIC Park projected attendance. 3.3 million visitors projected in total.

Councilman Jim McClain asked about how Kingsland’s roads would be able to handle traffic from over 3 million visitors.

“Our roads are just not ready for that, and we have discussed other arteries to reduce traffic flow particularly on Boone Street,” said McClain. “When can we look forward to really talking about in terms of helping us? Because Boone Street is a bottleneck waiting to happen. It is not ready to take that kind of traffic, and our citizens would be upset if we did not do something pretty quickly.”

“Ya know, that is a fair question. We need to have a specific study with the city,” said Gross. “There are many options that can be achieved with managing traffic. One of the largest beneficiaries of this project is the [Georgia Department of Transportation]. We’ll just have to get together…and not kicking the can down the road but get the specific intent on this.”

Gross also revealed the park’s website which is www.epicadventures.com

The entire project is expected to cost $350 million which includes a water park, bowling alley, convention center, entertainment complex, and a sports complex. Groundbreaking on the first phase of the project, the sports complex, could start sometime this April.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Tony Guerra

    July 11, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Mr. Spencer,
    I have worked for the NHL Hockey team the Arizona Coyotes for 6 years. Working games and concerts in the arena was the most fun I had in a job. I just moved out here to St. Marys in January and couldn’t find anything similar to what I was doing. Jaguars are too far and so is Atlanta. I heard of Epic Adventures way back before I even moved out here. There, is a place I would enjoy working but have not heard back from the people running the park, I called the number listed and I have not received any calls. I even emailed the Kingsland Mayor. Would love to at the Sports Complex. Is there any more news as far as the building of the park or hiring? Entertainment and sports is what I enjoy doing. I am working Lowes retail and it is not for me. I left a great paying job and now I am struggling. I’m sure I can get a good paying job with Epic Adventures and it is close to where I live. Who do I contact?

    Thank You,
    Tony Guerra

  2. Curtis Styles

    January 17, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Why was the construction on hold?

  3. Patrick

    January 23, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Any updates?

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