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Final proposal supersizes indoor water park
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Guests enjoying themselves at Great Wolfs Garden Grove resort.

The Great Wolf deal is getting bigger.
The final proposal the city and Great Wolf have hammered out that will start the public review process at the Tuesday, Feb. 27, Planning Commission meeting calls for a 109,767-square-foot indoor water park. That is 46 percent larger than the 75,000-square-foot indoor water park original discussed.
It is roughly the same floor space as the Manteca Walmart.
The conference center being advanced is 13,219 square feet instead of the 30,000 square feet that the city had hoped Great Wolf would pursued. Even so, for modern flexible meeting space that isn’t in an arena or an auditorium it will match the largest available in one location in San Joaquin County that has hotel and food service on-site — the Hilton Inn in Stockton. Depending upon the use, it will be able to accommodate 1,000 to 2,500 people making it the largest such venue in the South County. It will not require booking hotel rooms to use.
Great Wolf has included a 58,896-square-foot family entertainment center dubbed Adventureland as company representatives said they would during a community meeting in November. It will feature everything from zip lines, climbing wall, and arcade to a mini-bowling alley.
There will be five or more restaurants in an 18,609-square-foot restaurant/food court that will seat up to 2,100 people. One would be a nice family sit down restaurant while another would be buffet style. Others typically include a Tex-Mex and American style dinning. That is in addition to other eating/drink places that typically include Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Dunkin’ Donuts, and other outlets such as a candy store.
Adventureland is pay to play meaning guests as well as the general public are charged for each attraction. All of the dining options will be open to the public as well.
The plan still calls for a 500-room hotel. When built, Manteca will have the largest hotel in the Great Central Valley. The hotel will consist of 357,184 square feet or roughly the combined floor space as Manteca’s Costco, Target, and Walmart.
The closest hotel in size will be Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln when they complete an expansion later this year. When the 17-story hotel tower was built in 2010, only 209 of the 408 rooms were completed. The work entails completing rooms on the third, fifth and sixth floors as part of a $40 million renovation.
There also will be a 30,323-square-foot ancillary building for mechanical operations and support services.
Altogether Great Wolf will construct 588,000 square feet.
The planning commission meets at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.
If the project and development agreement is approved, the council could review the documents as early as their March 6 meeting.
Based on previous comments made by Great Wolf representatives and city officials, ground could break by early summer allowing and opening by late 2019 or early 2020.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email