Plans for water park at former Harrah’s Tunica revealed

TUNICA, Miss. — A new way to play is being planned in Tunica.

FOX13 learned a $140 million 20-acre water park and youth sports complex is expected to be built at the former Harrah’s Tunica casino, the news release said.

The idea for a water park coming to the location is not new. Back in 2019, FOX13′s Tom Dees covered the possibility of the family attraction after Resorts casino closed.

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Also in the works are the renovation of two hotels, a convention center, a spa and salon, a 100-acre private lake, a family fun center with an all-ages video arcade, a sporting clay, and hunting center, an RV Park, a boardwalk with dining, retail, and entertainment venues, and an 18-hole golf course, according to a news release.

The project will be completed in phases with phase one to include portions of the 20-acre water park which is expected to be completed in late summer 2022. When completed, the resort will employ over 650 people.

Water park plans were recently finalized to include a Lazy River; a DownUnder™ drop capsule slides; a concessions area; two swim-up bars with tables and benches; restrooms and locker rooms; raft bowl slide; a shallow sunning area with spray features; kids slides; floatable walk area; water volleyball area; water basketball area; flow rider area with bleachers; and more features and attractions added at later date.

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Wanda McClinton runs a business almost directly across the highway from where the waterpark and resort will go. She said she only saw positive things coming out of it.

“I think it would be great we’d have more visitors and more job opportunities for people to apply for and it would be better for the population in Robinsonville,” said McClinton.

Many people we talked to in Tunica County told us this is what the county needed, something for families and for the kids.

“This is actually something for the kids and when the casinos were planned years ago most things were planned around the adults, basically gambling but now this is something for the kids and that the kids can do,” said Rod Jones.

The resort will feature a waterpark, hotels, an RV Park, shopping and a youth sports center and golf course.

Once completed, it will bring 650 new jobs.

“Hoping it brings more people and some more customers to me,” said McClinton.

When completed in 2022, the resort will include:

  • Two separate hotel towers totaling 1,168 guest rooms
  • A 50,000 square-foot convention center
  • An 18,000 square-foot spa and salon
  • A 100-acre private lake with fishing and boating opportunities
  • A 37,000 square-foot Adult Fun Center
  • Sporting Clay and Hunting Center on 750 acres of land
  • RV park with 200 RV spaces
  • A Youth Sports Complex
  • A 20-Acre Waterpark
  • A Boardwalk with dining, retail, and live music entertainment venues
  • An 18-hole golf course being renovated by Rees Jones