30 Years in the Making – Sunwest Park Set to Open on the Nature Coast
HUDSON (PASCO) – Rumors of Six Flags coming to Hernando County are still just that, rumors, but something is coming to life this Saturday at the old Sunwest Mines, that just might make you forget you ever heard the words Six Flags.
Land developer John “Gary” Grubbs set out over 30 years ago to create a paradise on the west coast of Pasco County. The first phase of the dream comes to fruition tomorrow, when the gates open to a Sunwest Park, a new 60 acre spring fed beach park, situated on a former mine pit.
Grubbs and Real Estate Broker, Buddy Selph took RNRF on a private tour of the facility yesterday and the experience no less akin to that of a 6-year-old boy showing you his new train set on Christmas morning.
“It’s been a long time but in the end its perseverance; we’ve been asking ourselves is this real? Is it really happening,” says Selph.
The 20 million dollar project will feature crystal clear spring water, an aqua park, kayaking, beach volleyball, and much more. Grubbs says he plans to feature world championship volleyball tournaments with its multiple nets and high quality imported white sands. Food concessions and restroom facilities are on site but parking will be limited until the second phase of the park in complete.
Future plans for the park include a Hotel, situated directly across the street from the beach, retails stores, and restaurants.
The second part of Grubb’s dream, Sunwest Harbourtowne Resort can only be compared to something from the Gold Coast of Florida. Just northwest of the beach, a saltwater channel leading to the Gulf, separates the park from a much larger mine pit which will be the future home of a luxury hotel, restaurants, shops, upscale residential housing, a golf course and even a large waterpark.
Grubbs estimates the combined cost of Sunwest Park and Harbourtowne Resort will exceed a billion dollars to complete.
Sunwest Park is located just 3 miles south of County Line Road off Phelps Road in Hudson.
A fireworks display will be held at 9:30 pm Saturday evening. The park will be closed Sunday but will reopen Monday July 6th and there after 7 days a week from 12-9 pm daily.
Follow this link for hours, pricing and a full list of amenities: sunwestpark.com
Follow this link to watch an amazing conceptual video for plans to the new Sunwest Harbourtowne Resort: SUNWEST HARBOURTOWN RESORT VIDEO
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