The Owners and Management Team of DelGrosso’s Park were excited to officially open their 2016 water park expansion, Laguna Splash on May 24.
This $12.5 million project is the largest in the Park’s 69 year history. A groundbreaking was held in early 2015 for the water park and front entrance expansion, and construction took place for 15 months. Laguna Splash is America’s only Italian-themed water park, and will showcase a Lazy River and Wave Pool set among Venetian-style archways, Roman frescos and fountains, and a 25-foot-tall replica of The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Water Park will also host a number of new offices, ticket booths, and food stands.
“We are excited to be a small part of this monumental project for both the DelGrosso Family and the Blair County region,” said Marty Marasco, Pres/CEO of ABCD Corp. “We have enjoyed working with the DelGrosso’s on a number of projects throughout the years for both their food production operations as well as the amusement park. Their continued investment in Blair County provides for employment opportunities, great food and family-friendly entertainment that make us all proud.”
In keeping with the DelGrosso Family obsession with high quality food, the new water park expansion project will also include four new food venues. In partnership with Altoona Blair County Development Corporation and Penn State University’s Center for Food Innovation, headed by Dr. Pete Bordi, the DelGrosso Food Service team developed high quality menus to offer at the park’s new food venues. Using Penn State’s sensory lab, the food design team worked with local food manufacturers from all over Pennsylvania to develop a menu of food options of the highest quality for park patrons. This public-private partnership is designed to grow regional business and elevate the quality of goods and services for citizens of the region.
Carl Crider Jr., Park President and the eldest of Ferdinand and Mafalda DelGrosso’s 23 grandchildren, reflects on the new features: “Our family has been committed to expanding and improving the park for 69 years,” he says. “This next step shows our customers that we are continuing that commitment to new attractions and improvements, while providing high-quality food and entertainment in a clean, safe, and friendly environment. That was my grandparents’ mission statement for the Park.”
The expansion project has created approximately 100-130 seasonal jobs in addition to the current 550 seasonal employees that the Park hires each year. Roughly half of the new employees will be
lifeguards for the water park expansion.