BRANSON, Mo. – Work is currently underway to bring another multi-million dollar attraction to Branson.
The developers of the project haven’t released much information, other than to say a “downhill thrill ride” will take the place of the Water Chute, located across from Wal-Mart on Highway 76.
The 520-foot water slide was built in 1976 and, at the time, was believed to be one of the first public water slides in the nation.
Tuesday, crews were busy ripping out the slide in preparation for what was to come.
“I think [the developers] have some exciting news that, when the time is right, they’ll be ready to release,” says Branson Planning and Development Director, Joel Hornickel.
Hornickel says while the plans are still murky, the city is excited to see redevelopment taking place along the 76 corridor.
“Particularly in that location across from Walmart and Price Chopper,” he says, “very busy section of the community.”
A spokesperson for the project says the developers are based in Tennessee and currently have attractions in Pigeon Forge and Orlando.
KOLR10 was also able to dig up the name “Branson Coaster,” on the city’s planning and zoning website, connected to the location of the project.
“Hopefully it will get some activity happening behind it along Forsyth [Road] there,” he says, “which has been vacant for many years.”
Hornickel is hopeful the trend of new attractions in Branson will continue into 2017.
He believes the new “downhill thrill ride” is proof businesses are buying into the city’s plan to makeover Highway 76.
“It’s going to benefit everybody,” he says, “and the opportunity for success is far greater on Highway 76 than maybe somewhere off that path.”
The spokesman for the company says more in-depth details will be released in the near future.