Sri Lanka’s premier culinary and entertainment hub Waters Edge, together with Melchers Project Management Ltd., last week announced plans to build a theme park overlooking the waters of the Diyawannna.
The news conference to announce the plans was held under the patronage of Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, Chairman of Waters Edge Chamath de Silva, General Manager of Waters Edge Rohan Fernandopulle and representatives of Melchers.
From left: Michael Perera, Alexander Melchers, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Chairman of Waters Edge Chamath de Silva and SumedhaRathnayake
Speaking at the news conference Chairman Chamath de Silva said: “In an attempt to become the premier entertainment hub of this nation, Waters Edge, together with Melchers Project Management Ltd, will create a theme park which will be family-oriented and a place where children and adults can enjoy themselves with state-of-the-art attractions.”
Distinguished guests after the signing of the agreement
Fantasy Island at the Edge will feature a culmination of the three main elements of air, water and land. The Giant Ferris Wheel will take revellers to the skies, while the water park will include thrilling rides and the snow chalet will take visitors to an ice kingdom of wonder.
The initiative of the entertainment hub and theme park is the vision of Minister Ranawaka and part of the Megapolis Developmet plan. The project will be carried out under the direct supervision of Chairman De Silva.
Minister Ranawaka inspecting the model of Fantasy Island made by the staff of Waters Edge
Bringing many a dream to life, the Snow Chalet will be built with German technology and will provide a unique indoor snow experience. Meanwhile, the water park is designed so that even a non-swimmer can enjoy the slides, waterfalls, water climbs, surprise fountains and so much more.
The 40-metre high Ferris Wheel will be one of the main attractions at the Fantasy Island with a viewing tower that will provide a bird’s-eye view of the Sri Lankan coastline as well as the central hills. This attraction has no age restrictions and a typical ride will be a fun-filled 15 minutes. Visible from anywhere in Colombo, this will truly be the main attraction at the theme park.
Alexander Melchers and Harsha Peiris exchanging the signed agreements
With a maximum capacity of 300 children at a time, the water park will also be ideal for school excursions and even birthday parties. The Snow Chalet meanwhile can hold up to 50 children at a time for a completely novel experience.
The development project aims to create a recreation, leisure and sports facility on the far side of the water front. The centre will facilitate more adventure sports such as kayaking, rowing and wind surfing among many others. This project will be coordinated and supervised by the Strategic Initiatives Department of Waters Edge.