$1 Billion LakePoint Sporting Community Under Construction At Lake Allatoona
An ambitious plan for a $1 billion mega-sports and recreation complex
with a residential, shopping and hotel village is under construction, and partially in-use, 27 miles (OTP) north of the Atlanta perimeter.
The project covers 1380 acres and will feature venues for more than 20 of America’s favorite sports and 5 million square feet of mixed-use development consisting of 80 new restaurants, retail, 2,500 hotel rooms, residential and an entertainment complex next to the 12,000 acre Lake Allatoona.
The LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center plans include 16 baseball fields; 14 soccer/lacrosse fields; 16 softball/junior baseball fields; a 20-acre wake park; two Miracle League (baseball for disabled children) fields; and a six-story ropes course.
They also plan an 114,000 square foot indoor sports facility for gymnastics, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and other sports, along with an Olympic-caliber track & field training facility. Coca-Cola’s POWERADE Hydration Lab, which will be used to test speed, agility, strength, and conditioning, is a part of this indoor facility.
“LakePoint will be home to more than 200 events and tournaments per year with more than 4 million visitors,” said Judy Sparks, LakePoint Sports Development Partner. In keeping with the vacation theme, LakePoint will sport the Polercoaster, the tallest roller coaster in the Southeast and one of the top 10 tallest in the country.
Just opened, Terminus Wake Park features two lakes with overhead cable systems and a series of rail and slider ramps to pull wakeboarders. It is the first wake park to open in Georgia and one of the largest in the US. Three hotels are expected to be built this year, as well as a 100,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop. The store will sit next to a 300-acre nature park with hiking trails – another attraction for the outdoorsy set.
LakePoint will be home to three major tenants—Perfect Game USA, baseball recruiting for collegiate, minor and major league scouts; LB3 Lacrosse, one of the nation’s premier organizers of Lacrosse camps, clinics and tournament travel teams; and North Atlanta Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer organizations in the southeast.
Plans include boat ramps and marinas; a “unique” fishing village, including a fish-camp style restaurant; a rowing facility for use by the public and Kennesaw State University’s crew team; an RV park; beaches; playgrounds; and water ski facilities. Also, a Greg Norman Champion Golf Academy, bowling, concert venues, hiking trails and indoor skydiving.
LakePoint expects to generate an estimated 26,000 jobs, $20 million in annual sales tax revenue once it begins to bring in an estimated 3 million visitors a year, according to Atlanta Real Estate Forum.
A few miles away– Cartersville
Once a small town– now a booming suburb of Atlanta, Cartersville sports the Booth Western Art Museum, Bartow History Center, the Tellus Science Museum, and the Etowah Indian Mounds.
With its extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and photographs chronicling the great American West, the 120,000 square foot Booth Western Art Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. The Bartow History Museum documents the area’s history, via interactive permanent exhibits which tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past.
The Tellus Science Museum offers a high-tech mineral hall, a digital planetarium, fossils (including full-size dinosaur skeletons) and a transportation museum with vehicles ranging from an early steam-powered car to a replica of an Apollo space capsule.
Nearby, the ancient Etowah Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark, is well worth a visit. The prehistoric archaeological site encompasses 54 acres along the Etowah River and was built by the indigenous Mississippian culture of 1000-1550 CE.