Final vote expected this week on plans for lagoon project in Derby

Derby city council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 26 to discuss expanding its STAR bond...
Derby city council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 26 to discuss expanding its STAR bond district to create room for Crystal Lagoons, a public access beach.(City of Derby)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 10:52 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Derby’s City Council is expected to hold a final vote at its meeting Tuesday on whether to allow a major tourism project to move forward.

The City of Derby heard public feedback late last month on a project developers say would bring a quarter of a million people to town each year. The Derby Lagoon Project is being touted as a tourist attraction with a public-access beach, aquatic sports, hotels and more. The plans come with a $166 million price tag and $41.8 in STAR bonds.

In October, the Derby City Council voted to expand its STAR bond district to fund the project planned for acreage near Rock Road and Patriot Avenue. The proposal comes from the same developers behind the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City.

“This developer is proposing a public/private partnership to bring in a new attraction, a public-access lagoon where people can do watersports, plus Marriot Suites hotels connected to an indoor waterpark,” Derby’s former city manager, Kathy Sexton, told Eyewitness News late last month. Sexton retired from the city on Dec. 10.

The development is also expected to include several restaurants, apartment spaces and “glamping,” or “glamorous camping.”

The Derby City Council is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. In the agenda for the meeting, the city says Derby Destination Development, LLC will be there “to present and respond to questions about a proposal to bring attractions to Derby’s STAR bond district for an outdoor adventure sports complex with a hotel, public access lagoon, and indoor waterpark plus an aerial park and glamping business. Adjacent to the attractions and located in the STAR bond district also would be four restaurants, apartments, and senior housing.”

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