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DelGrosso’s Amusement Park recently announced plans to break ground on a $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2016.
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park recently announced plans to break ground on a $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project, which is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2016. Photo provided

More water, more fun

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park will make a big splash in 2016.

Groundbreaking for a $12.5 million water park and front entrance expansion project at the park will begin this year and is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2016.

It is the largest project in the park’s 68-year history.

“Water parks are a trend in amusement park industry,” Delgrosso’s director of marketing Amy Mearkle said. “Water features allow longer stays at the park and more people and age ranges can enjoy the water attractions together.”

A 311,500-gallon, 14,604-square-foot wave pool and 1,178-foot, 2.4-feet-deep lazy river will be added to the current Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park, which will be renamed Laguna Splash. An Italian theme will dominate the water park and will feature with features like the lazy river’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, and tipping buckets and vases.

“Our family has been committed to expanding and improving the park for 68 years,” park president Carl Crider Jr. said. “This next step shows our customers that we are continuing that commitment to making new improvements while providing high-quality food and entertainment in a clean, safe and friendly environment, which was my grandparents’ mission statement for the park.”

The water park expansion project also will include three Italian-themed food venues, including a pasta area featuring DelGrosso Foods’ signature sauces and other Italian dishes; a steak shop that will carry Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks; and a grill building that offer char-grilled chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs.

The expansion will create about 100 to 130 seasonal jobs.

Hot and ready

Little Caesars wants to expand into a small town.

If entrepreneurs show interest, Bellefonte could be the newest home to the pizza franchise sometime next year.

Ed Ader, the company’s director of new franchise development, said the borough fits what Little Caesars looks for in a community.

“It’s a typical, nice town for us where families would drive our business for great value and a high-quality product,” he said.

Ader said the company doesn’t have a specific site yet, but that it could be on Bishop Street or West High Street. The process to opening a location could take five months to a year.

“There are a lot of variables to open a store once someone submits an application,” Ader said. We have a review process and interview, and if someone is approved, they’ll go through a two-day real estate training session, and then they’ll search out available sites. We’d work with them, negotiate a lease with the landlord, and once a store is under construction, the franchisee would have six weeks of training, which would hopefully end at about the same time as the construction.”

A typical Little Caesars is about 1,400 square feet and is strictly carryout.

For more information, visit littlecaesars.com.

Philipsburg receives designation

Philipsburg is the 13th designated Keystone Community.

Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation executive director Dana Shoemaker submitted an application years ago, but uncontrollable circumstances with the state budget and staff cuts left no one to review it for approval.

“There was reorganization in our district, and Rep. Jake Corman became our representative,” Shoemaker said. “We worked with his staff to help us finalize this in Harrisburg. Bellefonte got their designation a few months ago, so it’s pretty impressive for two communities in Centre County to get this done.”

The designation will affect Philipsburg’s historic district and the neighborhood of the vacated junior high school.

“It’s a reason to be proud,” Shoemaker said. “Sometimes Philipsburg is down on itself as if nothing good happens, and to know there are people who have all their ducks in row to make this happen is something to be proud of this. The second thing is we now have five-star credit rating in Harrisburg. Funds are so limited, and managers try to bring them home, but with this we are at the top of the pile for competitive funds compared to a community not designated.”

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