Plans for massive water park and youth sports complex in North Mississippi have hit a snag

TUNICA, Miss. — Ground was set to be broken in Tunica County at the old Harrah’s Casino location months ago.

FOX13 looked into what’s taking so long. While construction on the Tunica water park hasn’t started yet, county leaders told us they hope to have things solidified soon.

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We are told county leaders are meeting about it Thursday and that the county is still in the process of getting approval for urban renewal bonds to purchase the old Harrah’s property which will undergo a $140 million dollar transformation.

In the meantime, North Mississippians like Cali Purnell of Panola County said they are still excited the park is coming.

”I think it’s a good thing, a good idea. We need something like that close to Batesville. It would keep us from traveling so far out of town from around here,” Purnell said.

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The project will be completed in phases. Phase one includes a 20-acre water park. Once complete in the summer of 2022, the resort will also include a hotel, convention center, spa, sports complex and a golf course.

Dewayne Loveberry of Senatobia told us when the park opens he’s going.

”Just to go and have fun and enjoy I sure would,” Loveberry said.

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County leaders said COVID-related delays initially pushed back the closing date on the property by a year. But, they said they should have more details by next week.

Cali Purnell said he can’t wait.

”I know I would go. As soon as it opens, I would be there,” Purnell said.

Once completed, the water park and sports complex is expected to bring 650 jobs to the area.