ELLENSBURG, Wash. — It’s been nearly a decade since a water park was first pitched for Ellensburg. But now, the owner of Lakeside Landing Waterpark and Resort says the process is finally moving. He expects construction to start in a matter of months. 

Eight years since the idea of turning this land into a water park, and the plot of land is still just that. Owner Gene Martin says the ball is finally rolling and the ground breaking should be in the next few months.

“A year from 90 days from now we should probably be opening,” owner Gene Martin said. 

The 90 days is when dirt would start moving. Martin expects a year to finish the project. He recently had plans for two structures approved by the city of Ellensburg.

A five story hotel with 144 rooms, and an eight-story water slide. Each took an added approval since their heights will be taller than city code allows. 

So why has it taken so long? Martin says the economy. He tells me when the recession hit, there wasn’t any money. But now… 

“It’s going, yes!” Martin said. 

Martin insists the $80 million project is finally ready to roll. Lakeside Landing is expected to include a wave rider, multiple pools and water slides.

It will be a business of its own, creating 400 new jobs in the city. 

“Everybody will benefit from it, not only just the people that get to use it but the other businesses in town also,” Martin said. 

The water park is slated for the open field right off the freeway near Carls Jr. on Canyon Rd and Umptanum. Gene Martin believes it’ll be worth the wait when Lakeside Landing opens by the end of next year. 

A second hotel is also in the works on the other side of the land. That would be the same size, and go in next to the Carl’s Junior.

Written by: Natalie Eucce for KIMA TV
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