Ground has been broken on $400m Okana Resort & Indoor Waterpark near downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, tribal, state and Oklahoma City leaders took part in the ground-breaking ceremony.

Located along the Oklahoma River, Okana Resort & Indoor Waterpark will also be adjacent to the First Americans Museum.

Okana Resort & Indoor Waterpark will serve as a tourist destination that will boost the economy of Oklahoma City.

The first phase of the project will see around 40 acres out of the 140 acres being developed.

The complete site is held by Okama MDE, a subsidiary of The Chickasaw Nation.

Okana Resort & Indoor Waterpark will include a 11-story, 404-room hotel offering luxurious rooms in sizes ranging from 420 to 720ft2, larger than the usually-sized hotel rooms.

It will feature a 4.5-acre outdoor adventure lagoon; a 12,000ft2 family entertainment centre; a two-level indoor waterpark covering over 100,000ft2; 39,000ft2 of conference centre space; a spa; and a golf simulator.

Next to the resort will be several retail outlets and dining options covering 36,000ft2.

The project also will include a 25,000ft2 First Americans Retail Gallery and amphitheatre.

During the construction phase, the complete project will create about 1,400 jobs.

The project is expected to open in early 2025.

Dallas-based real estate development firm Wynne/Jackson has been enlisted to provide development design for the complete project.

New York-based Aquatic Development Group will serve as the hotel developer, while Wisconsin-based ADCI will act as the hotel and waterpark architect.

The hotel and waterpark will be operated by Benchmark Hospitality.

CallisonRTKL has helped in the master planning of the complete project and is also acting as architect for the First Americans Retail Gallery and retail and dining elements.

Johnson & Associates from Oklahoma City is helping in site preparation and ongoing civil engineering work, while Tulsa-based Manhattan Construction will construct the resort.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said: “We expect the OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark to be a significant economic driver of job growth and opportunities for everyone in this region.

“We celebrate the continuation of strong partnerships among city and state officials and private entities that have been integral in bringing this significant tourism and hospitality venue to central Oklahoma.”
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Image: The project is expected to open in early 2025. Credit: The Chickasaw Nation/PRNewswire.