Officials to hear proposal for Indiana Fun World
The Harrison County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation for a 300-acre, multi-tourist aquarium, water park and educational attraction development to be constructed in Harrison County, at its Tuesday meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.
The leader of a group of investors, Ed Dana, will present his team’s concept for the development. The location is yet to be determined, but District 3 Commissioner Jim Klinstiver said Dana wants Ohio River frontage.
Conceptual plans for the project can be found online at www.IndianaFunWorld.com.
According to a press release from Klinstiver, the commissioners want to see this project come to Harrison County instead of going to another county in the region, and it has the potential to become an international attraction that will greatly benefit Harrison County.
‘We welcome community and government participation in the planning stage of this important development,’ Klinstiver said.
Klinstiver hopes to stop the regular meeting after the presentation for a question-and-answer session.
The project was pitched to the Louisville Metro City Council in February, but it fell through because the proposed area was in the Ohio River flood plain.
That project included 60 to 70 acres, Klinstiver said, at a cost of $80 million, implying that the cost will be much higher with the 300-acre plan for Harrison County.
Dana has investors, Klinstiver said, and may seek a $5 million request from economic development.
‘I really think this could work,’ Klinstiver said.
The aquarium would have displays about the Amazon rain forest, a tropical reef and ocean ecosystems as well a extensive educational, conservation and research elements, an Ohio River exhibit, a grand lobby, 150-seat banquet hall, retail store, replica of an ocean-going vessel, a penguin exhibit and shark tank.
According to the Indiana Fun Park website, the project would feature the Sharks Bay Water Park that would have water slides and pools. Another proposed feature would be The Living Dinosaurs Museum.
There also would be a ‘fun park’ around the aquarium that would include a Ferris wheel, go-carts, 20 to 30 other rides, an outdoor restaurant and a ‘5-D’ simulation theater.
Dana is the president and CEO of Sleep Center of Kentuckiana.