Residents just now learning about water park construction

A water park is making quite the splash in a bustling Rock Hill community.

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Construction of a 25-acre watersports park in Rock Hill is causing a mixed reaction among neighbors.

Construction for SouthTown Wake Park is happening along Rambo Road. While specific attractions  of the park have not been released, the developers posted this video on their Facebook page Tuesday morning

From wakeboarding to swimming, the caption with the video says it’s an “awesome job of explaining the type of park we’re building.”

The developers, TES Land Investments, LLC tell NBC Charlotte the park should be completed in August.

But residents say they didn't even know the park was being built. 

“First time finding out about it,” said Joel Speller.

Speller lives about a mile away from the park and says it doesn’t bother him.

“I grew up around Hershey Park in Pen so I’m used to the tourism business.”

Audra Miller, York County’s director of planning and development services says the county was first notified about the park in October.

From there, the developers submitted a site plan in November, and York County approved the water park on March 3.

The director also says the county is not obligated to notify the public when a commercial property is being built.

“I moved here about last year to trying to stay in a quiet area so that’s kind of a big shock to have a water park,” said Ryan Fosnow.

Fosnow lives down the street form where the new park is being built. In addition to the noise, his biggest concern is the traffic.

“This is like the worst area to drive in town,” he said.

Due to Fosnow’s concern, NBC Charlotte checked in with South Carolina Department of Transportation to see if there are plans to widen the road to accommodate the park’s traffic.

Engineer Victor Edwards, engineer for  SCDOT’s District Four area says  the developers hired a company to conduct a traffic study in the area in February.

Based off the results of the study, Edwards says SCDOT along with York County ruled “no improvements needed to be made to the road.”

“It takes you about 10 minutes to get down the road already,” said Ryan Fosnow. “Having a water park without any type of extension to the highway is going to be a nightmare.”

York County Council member Christi Cox says she too is unhappy about the new park.

Cox tells us she plans on asking the county to revise the permit in hopes of putting a halt to the project.

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