The $1.6 million expansion area, named Bearfoot Bay, is scheduled to be done in time for Roaring Springs’ May 13 opening day, according to a statement the water park released Wednesday.
Additionally, Wahooz, the family recreation center next to Roaring Springs and operated by the same people, will expand its event space to 10,000 square feet and add a catering kitchen. The new Galaxy Event Center will seat up to 600 people for receptions, meetings, trade shows and other gatherings. That expansion, costing $4.5 million, is scheduled to open in November.
The Wahooz and Roaring Springs announcements were two highlights of de Weerd’s annual State of the City address. Economic growth was another.
De Weerd said Meridian’s employment grew by 2,800 jobs in 2017, and its unemployment rate shrank to 2.7 percent.
The Meridian Chamber of Commerce hopes to foster this trend by forming an auditorium district, de Weerd said. Voters would have to approve the district’s establishment. State law allows such districts to tax hotel room stays or property and use that money to build or operate venues such as public auditoriums, exhibition halls, convention centers and sports arenas. A similar district in Boise levies a 5 percent tax on hotel rooms.