Fort Smith, Arkansas – April 29, 2015 – Parrot Island Outdoor Waterpark of Fort Smith, AR and Sebastian County, along with American Resort Management, LLC of Erie, PA have announced that Parrot Island Waterpark will be celebrating the grand opening of the inaugural season on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.

Construction of the new Parrot Island Waterpark is nearing completion. At over $11 million in development cost, the waterpark is a joint venture between the City of Fort Smith and Sebastian County, which has been in planning and development for over six years.

Sebastian County Judge, David Hudson comments on the project, saying “Parrot Island Waterpark is an exciting family-oriented recreational facility that replaces the County swimming pool at Ben Geren Park, which was closed in 2004. Planning for this facility began over six years ago in response to a citizens’ survey. The result is a great partnership between Sebastian County Government and the City of Fort Smith for the benefit of families and children throughout our county and this region of the country.”

Ray Gosack, Fort Smith City Administrator, says of the project “The region has eagerly awaited the opening of Parrot Island Waterpark. Three years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved the use of a local sales tax to help finance the project. Now they’ll get to float, splash and slide in the region’s best waterpark in four short weeks. Let the tropical fun begin!”

Richard Coleman, American Resort Management Senior Vice President, adds “We have been excited to be a part of the project largely due to decisions made long before our involvement. The facility has been well planned with a great mix of slides and pools. The entire region should be confident of this entertainment destination that ranks with any similar sized project. It is now our job to bring the park to life with the highest level of guest service and experiences with a dedication to every single guest’s enjoyment of the waterpark.”

Parrot Island Waterpark will feature the region’s only wave pool, four awesome twisting turning water slides, a relaxing lazy river, an activity pool and a themed children’s aquatic play area. The new outdoor waterpark will have over 370,000 gallons of aquatic fun and include a variety of amenities, including private party pavilions, cabana rentals, food and beverage concessions, 800 complimentary deck and lounge chairs, over 250 complimentary water tubes, expansive grass lawns for relaxing and much more.

Located at Ben Geren Park, residents and visitors can enjoy the new Parrot Island Waterpark along with miniature golf, go carts, playground equipment, outdoor picnic areas and pavilions, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a 1 ½ mile fitness and circuit walking trail, two 18-hole disk golf courses, over eight miles of paved bike trails, 11 miles of mountain bike trails, and an outstanding 27-hole county golf course.

Season tickets and day passes are now available, as well as reservations for birthday parties, company picnics and groups by calling Parrot Island Waterpark at 479-788-6550 or by email to

For more information, please visit . Parrot Island Waterpark is also on Facebook at and on Twitter @ParrotIslandWP

CONTACT: Richard Coleman
American Resort Management, Senior VP of Development & Operations
814‐833‐2631 ext. 101