Legoland California Plans Water Park, RV Park
Legoland California has submitted plans to the city of Carlsbad for a water park with rides, RV park, outdoor dining and shops on a 7.3-acre portion of its 350-acre property.
Legoland officials declined comment on the plans but Van Lynch, a Carlsbad senior planner, explained that Merlin Entertainment Groups, an entity largely owned by Blackstone Capital Partners, submitted plans on Aug. 25 for a project being dubbed the "Waterworks Cluster," according to the San Diego Daily Transcript.
While Dieter Ronchetti, Legoland spokesman, wouldn't provide details about the Waterworks Cluster, he indicated he hopes to "unveil the new land next year."
So does the sluggish economy warrant adding to the theme park?
Ronchetti said yes.
"Last year was a record year for us in terms of attendance," Ronchetti said, without revealing numbers, "and we are currently running ahead of 2008."
As plans become clear for park rides, the California Coastal Commission is scheduled to consider a measure next week that could create a campground at the park.
Plans are subject to change but currently call for tent/shelters on site, bathroom facilities, a hospitality tent, central fire ring and a small outdoor amphitheatre.
"Additional overnight camping facilities, the main source of lower-cost visitor and recreational facilities, are needed throughout the San Diego coastal region," the Coastal Commission staff stated, before adding that additional camping facilities should also be provided in a regional park within the city.
That in turn, the staff report stated, should be in conjunction with such low cost facilities on private lands.
Coastal Commission staff has been pushing for lower-cost options at multiple properties around the county during the past two years.