LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –The Little Kahuna Water Park has come a long way over the past two years, and Southwest Louisiana is now closer to having a water park.
Co-owner David LeJeune says the park is 80% complete and they're hoping to have the park opened for limited parties before the end of the year.
Over the past two years, the project has encountered delays due to weather and permit related issues. LeJeune says the water pumps and filtration system must receive approval from the Department of Health and Hospitals. The park must also under go a review from the Fire Marshall.
LeJeune stated, "We're focusing on finalizing the engineering for the filtration system. We've had to cross a couple of hurdles with water sources. We're working with a special crew on water park elements and we're trying to focus on element details..."
Marion Fox, Executive Director for Economic Development and Tourism Commission for Jeff Davis Parish stated, "Everybody that goes up and down the interstate wants to know why isn't it open, why isn't it open, but you know when it does get open it's going to be done right and everything, so we're really excited about it."
"It's going to provide a lot of opportunity for visitors coming in, but also for jobs for our youth in the parish and that's something we're really excited about."
LeJeune says they plan to expand the park once it is complete and hopefully add a hotel.