New Kalahari water park resort timeline pushed back for Poconos

Plans call for hotel, convention center, water park in Tobyhanna Twp.

Published: 9:46 AM EDT Apr 03, 2013   Updated: 9:48 AM EDT Apr 03, 2013
Kalahari Resorts Pocono plans

The start of construction of a new water park resort in the Poconos has been pushed back.

Tobyhanna Township officials say Kalahari Resorts was gearing up for a spring groundbreaking, but they're still locking down certain approvals.

Kalahari says construction will begin later this summer.

Officials say the resort -- which will feature a hotel, convention center and water park -- will open by the end of 2014.

The $350 million, 150-acre complex will be built in Pocono Manor, Monroe County, near Interstate 380 and Route 940.

The project is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs.

"Our goal in the Pocono Mountains is to build on the success of our Midwest locations by providing regional tourists with a world-class destination for families and unmatched convention facilities for business groups," says Todd Nelson, owner and president of Kalahari Resorts. "As a family-owned business, it is always our goal to exceed the expectations of our guests in terms of service, amenities, food and entertainment. As we look to expand in the Pocono Mountains and contribute to the local economy, we want to extend a long-lasting welcome to area residents, visiting tourists and business travelers."

Kalahari Resorts are inspired by an African philosophy that embraces the spirit of ubunto, a belief that every person's humanity is tied to everyone else's so that what you do affects the whole world. This philosophy is brought to life through Kalahari Resorts hospitality and African-themed d├ęcor featuring authentic art, furniture, and handicrafts from African artisans.

According to the company's website, the project will be completed in three phases.

The first phase includes a resort with 450 luxury guest rooms and suites, a 100,0000-square-foot indoor water park, a two-acre outdoor water park, a 65,000-square-foot convention center, a 30,000-square-foot indoor theme park/arcade and 6,000 square feet of retail space including two full-service restaurants.

Kalahari currently operates resorts in Sandusky, Ohio, and Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.