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$309 Mln Extreme Sports Park Planned Near Walt Disney World

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC is planning to build a $309 million extreme sports resort in Osceola County, Central Florida, the Orlando Business Journal reported Wednesday.

The facility is expected to come up on a 75 acre site owned by Central Florida Investments Inc., the parent company of Westgate Resorts, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 192 and State Road 535.

The new resort will include a 14-story ski and snowboard mountain with nine snow tubing lanes; 5 acres of real surfing with up to 10-foot waves and a boogie boarding area; a 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor skateboard park; a USA-BMX sanctioned race track; two skydiving pods; a 20,000-square-foot indoor dodge-ball trampoline arena; a rapid river; rock climbing up to 140 feet; zip-lining throughout the park; two 14-story competition waterslides by WhiteWater; 20-foot to 120-foot free fall jump zones; an interactive four-story climbing/zipline/ropes challenge course; and snowball fight arena.

In addition, the project is expected to have a 250-room Hyatt-flag hotel with a rooftop pool and bar, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, swim-up bars and grottos, swimming pools, cabanas, day spa, retail and training facilities, restaurants and sports bars and the International Action Sports Hall of Fame.

More than 1,000 new jobs will be needed to operate the facility.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, executives with the company are in talks with Osceola County officials regarding the project, as well as undergoing the "due diligence" needed to secure the property. If approved, the resort is expected to open by 2018.

"Our company is creating the next step in the tourism sports industry," said Larry Walshaw, CEO and founder of Xero Gravity, in a prepared statement. "We are developing a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment resort which provides unique hands-on experiences. We will be hosting televised pro and amateur competitions, think X-games, with sports shows and clinics, and we will have daily competitions at all venues for visitors who like to compete."

by RTT Staff Writer

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