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Water-park information session set for tomorrow
First of two public information sessions to be held tomorrow night on Kalahari Resorts

Date published: 11/27/2007

BY BILL FREEHLING

People interested in learning more about Kalahari Resorts' plans for a water-park resort in Fredericksburg can attend a public information session tomorrow.

This month, Kalahari President Todd Nelson announced plans to build a water-park hotel on a 49-acre site on Celebrate Virginia South. The privately held company also runs parks in Wisconsin and Ohio.

The public information session will be moderated by Fredericksburg Economic Development Director Kevin Gullette and Chris Hornung, vice president for planning and engineering for the Silver Cos. The Silvers are developing the Celebrate Virginia tourism complex.

Tomorrow's session will begin at 7 p.m. and will last as long as people have questions about the project. It'll be at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. Another community forum will be held Dec. 4.

The purpose of the meetings is to give residents an opportunity to ask questions about Kalahari's massive plans. Some concerns have already been raised about the project's effect on the area's traffic and environment.

The $200 million resort is expected to include a 125,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 170,000-square-foot outdoor water park, a 100,000-square-foot conference center and a 710-room hotel. It's expected to open by December 2009 next to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405
Email: bfreehling@freelancestar.com