Dollywood's plans to open a new water and snow park in Nashville have received a boost, with the attraction set to open its gates in spring 2014.
The Tennessean reports that the park has received a 60 percent property tax break from the city's Metro Council. This will significantly reduce the annual costs incurred by the project's backers, Dollywood and Gaylord Entertainment Co.
Dollywood has previously revealed that construction work on the water and snow park could begin as early as late 2012. The first phase is expected to cost $50 million, and will cover a 27-acre area. A further 37 acres will be reserved for future development.
The park will be divided into two sections. The largest of these will be occupied by the water park, which will boast a number of slides and a lazy river. The smaller snow park will contain just two slides initially, with fake snow being used to keep it operational during periods of milder weather.
Dollywood's partner in the project currently runs the nearby Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The company shuttered the neighboring Opryland USA theme park in 1997, in order to focus on its core hospitality business.
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