New Nashville Waterpark Soundwaves at Gaylord Opryland announced.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, a press conference was held at the Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Opryland Resort to announce “Soundwaves”, the first indoor-outdoor luxury waterpark of its kind in America.
The Soundwaves Opryland Waterpark is a $19M project from Ryman Hospitalities Property, Inc. that will be built onto the existing Gaylord Opryland property. The proposed project includes nearly 111,000 square feet of upscale indoor water attractions and activities over three levels and another 106,000 square feet of outdoor water amenities.
Mayor Megan Barry, Colin Reed, John Adams and other local dignitaries were on hand for the announcement. The project is slated to take 20 months to complete and projected to open Fall 2018.
Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, was quick to clarify this will not compete with Nashville’s other waterpark, Nashville Shores, as Soundwaves is meant to attract out of town guests coming to Nashville for conferences, bachelor parties and the like, but looking for more daytime or family-friendly recreational activities.
He was also quick to say that there are no plans for a theme park to replace Opryland USA, which closed 20 years ago. Around the 25 minute mark in the video you will hear him talk about this and instead praise Dollywood for becoming the premier theme park in Tennessee.
You can listen to a part of the press conference here.
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