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Collier Celebrates 48th Anniversary with $10 Million Investment in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – July 5, 2016 – The Collier family invited the greater Sevier County community to a ground breaking ceremony for their newest expansion at Country Cascades in Pigeon Forge. The new project will include the Summit Tower, with 98 family suites, and the 30,000 sq.ft. Cascades Outdoor Water Park. The ceremony will begin at 9 AM, Tuesday, July 12th at Country Cascades, 204 Sharon Drive, Pigeon Forge.
“The project has been completely guest centered. Guests told us that they want normal power outlets and USB outlets and they want them conveniently placed. We took pictures, had people mark where they wanted outlets, and now we have a room with 18 outlets. You can charge pretty much anything and you won’t have to pull out the bed to get to it!” says Kay Collier-Pittman. The hotel will have other luxury touches like 43in HD flat screens, granite counters, and plush linens. “We have worked really hard to create modern resort amenities while keeping our Smoky Mountain charm. Our guests will see that this is truly the hotel room of tomorrow and it is going to be one of the best lodging options available in Pigeon Forge,” says Collier-Pittman.
The Cascades Outdoor Waterpark is a family oasis right in the middle of Pigeon Forge. Don Collier says “We are spending $2 Million to make sure a family can have days of fun when they stay at our resort. We have two major slide attractions, RiverChaser and RiverRun, as well as Splashaway Bay, a water activity center. Splashtacular, a slide manufacturer from Kansas City, MO, has created attractions for some of the country’s most notable water parks and they have made some incredible attractions for us.” RiverRun is a 300ft long, high-speed body slide that takes riders on a 4 story plunge through numerous twists and turns. RiverChaser is a raft slide that can accommodate one or two riders in a tube. RiverChaser is the signature attraction and starts out in a translucent channel that sweeps out over the resort campus before coming back into the waterpark. Splashaway Bay comes with two more slides, an open dual racer and a 30 foot enclosed slide that is a transitional piece to help prepare kids for the big slides. It’s all topped off with a massive 350 gallon tipping bucket. All of this surrounds a beached entry leisure pool that includes water basketball and a sun shelf where guests can sunbathe while still in the water.
The project is not only good for our guests, but also good for our community. “We have done a lot to keep this all here in the community. We secured our loan from Home Federal Bank, our building is being built by Rouse Construction, it was drawn by Mike Smelcer of SRA Architects right here in Pigeon Forge, and the master pool plan and pool construction are being done by Ben Tipton with Tipton Builders. Of course it will create plenty of new jobs and a facility like this will generate millions in taxable revenue that will benefit the City of Pigeon Forge and the State of Tennessee,” said Collier.