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The owner’s of Wild Island Family Adventure Park and Coconut Bowl are expanding to keep up with Reno-Sparks' growth.

They will add a 50,000-square foot expansion to the Coconut Bowl. The expansion will add six bowling lanes, private party rooms, an outdoor patio and seating area and a two-story laser tag arena. A new black light go-kart course will also open indoors. The current kiddie track will be moved indoors for year-round enjoyment. The redemption and video arcade will be expanded with brand new games and technology. 

Construction is expected to complete next summer and Coconut Bowl will remain open during construction.

“The expansion is something we’ve talked about for some time,” Craig Buster, Coconut Bowl general manager said a news release. “We’re doing some things that are totally unique and we hope our guests will be as excited as we are.”

Scott Carothers, Wild Island Waterpark general manager, told the RGJ that he and Buster attended The Chamber NV Directions event earlier this year and noticed a more positive tone.

"Before it was about getting more people (to the area) but now it’s like, 'We’ve gotten here, how are we going to handle the people here now,' " he said. "It gave us a little more motivation to think of how to provide a community and lifestyle for people.”

Carothers said the continued growth of Outlets at Sparks mall has encouraged them to help turn that part of Sparks Boulevard into an entertainment strip.

“We hope we can contribute to our little part of the community out here and have a better place for people to enjoy their weekends and evenings," he said.

At Wild Island, construction recently began on a brand-new water slide. The slide has been named ”G-Force" and will be ready for summer 2017.

Also for this summer, Calypso Cafe will be upgraded, redesigned and renamed the “Island Bistro,” offering new menu items.

Guests will also be able to order some of Aruba Cafe’s most popular items at the new Island Bistro.

Wild Island was recently ranked the ninth best waterpark in the country, according to the Travel Channel, the Waterpark is scheduled to open May 19, weather permitting.   

“We are looking forward to the 2017 season and the enjoyment Wild Island brings to the families of our community,”  said Scott Carothers, Wild Island Waterpark general manager. I’m certain G-Force will put new smiles on a lot of faces!”

The owner’s of Wild Island Family Adventure Park and Coconut Bowl, the 28-year-old water park in Sparks, are adding new rides and attractions to keep up with Reno-Sparks' growth.

They will add a 50,000-square foot expansion to the Coconut Bowl. The expansion will add six bowling lanes, private party rooms, an outdoor patio and seating area and a two-story laser tag arena. A new black light go-kart course will also open indoors.

The current kiddie track will move indoors for year-round racing. The redemption and video arcade will be expanded with new games and technology. 

Construction is expected to complete next summer and Coconut Bowl will remain open during construction.

“The expansion is something we’ve talked about for some time,” Craig Buster, Coconut Bowl general manager said a news release. “We’re doing some things that are totally unique and we hope our guests will be as excited as we are.”

Scott Carothers, Wild Island Waterpark general manager, told the RGJ that he and Buster attended The Chamber NV Directions event earlier this year and noticed a more positive tone.

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"Before it was about getting more people (to the area) but now it’s like, 'We’ve gotten here, how are we going to handle the people here now,' " he said. "It gave us a little more motivation to think of how to provide a community and lifestyle for people.”

Buster said he is excited about the area's newest growth trend. Carothers said the continued expansion of Outlets at Sparks mall has encouraged them to help turn that part of Sparks Boulevard into an entertainment strip. 

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“We hope we can contribute to our little part of the community out here and have a better place for people to enjoy their weekends and evenings," he said.

At Wild Island, construction recently began on a brand-new water slide. The slide has been named ”G-Force" and will be ready for summer 2017.

Also for this summer, Calypso Cafe will be upgraded, redesigned and renamed the “Island Bistro,” offering new menu items.

Guests will also be able to order some of Aruba Cafe’s most popular items at the new Island Bistro.

Wild Island was recently ranked the ninth best waterpark in the country, according to the Travel Channel. The Waterpark is scheduled to open May 19, weather permitting.  

 

Mike Higdon is the city life reporter at the RGJ and can be found on Instagram @MillennialMike and on Facebook at Mike Higdon, Reno Life.

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