Cohoes, New York – Aquatic Development Group, Inc. (ADG), one of the premier designers and builders of waterparks and has been awarded the design and construction contract for the waterpark expansion at Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, IL.
FlowRider Interactive Surf Simulation Targets Teens
Six Flags will target the teen demographic in the Hurricane Harbor expansion citing a desire to emphasis interactive and adventure-oriented activities. Providing the “interactive” component of the new expansion will be the installation of a Double FlowRider®, surf simulation attraction. Flowboarding is a hybrid mix of surfing, boogie boarding, skateboarding and snowboarding. The FlowRider itself provides a continuous wave up to 4 ft. high using a stream of water that moves at 30 mph. Participants can flowboard standing up or ride on knees or bellies while traversing up and down the “wave.”
In order to take advantage of the FlowRider’s unique spectator appeal, ADG recommended surrounding the ride with seating to create more of a social atmosphere. Lounge chairs and tables will provide a comfortable, social and exciting viewing experience which also serves to encourage repeat riders.
New Activity Lagoon and slide complex offers interactive Entertainment
The centerpiece of the expansion is a new 14,000 square foot lagoon complete with two 25 ft. crossing activities and a watersports area to keep the guests engaged.
- An 81,000-gallon swimming area will max out at four ft. deep and come with three entry areas including a 58 ft. beach entry and large lounging deck.
- Seven “temple column” themed water fountains and a large 90 ft. waterfall will add scale and visual excitement to the atmosphere.
- The expansion also includes food and beverage services including a new Tiki Bar.
“We’re very pleased that Six Flags, Gurnee took advantage of our project planning program to finalize the plans that our led to contract award,” said Jim Dunn, VP of Design and Construction for ADG. “This is a cutting edge venue combining the traditional with next gen, skill-based attractions. This expansion will attract not only families, but specifically the critical teen demographic with exciting attractions placed within in a social atmosphere.”
Aquatic Development Group has participated in more than 150 water park construction projects across the United States and the world.