Construction has started on a 7.5-acre artificial lagoon that will serve as the main amenity at a residential development in Wesley Chapel, a landlocked suburb of Tampa.
With an average depth of eight feet, the artificial lagoon will serve as the recreational centerpiece of 2,000-home development in Wesley Chapel planned by Tampa-based Metro Development Group.
Metro Development and the builder of the artificial lagoon, Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp., held a ground-breaking ceremony on Feb. 2 for the project.
Greg Singleton, president of Metro Development, expects his company’s investment in the artificial lagoon could be as much as $10 million. The lagoon project will include construction of a swim-up bar and restaurant, a play area with a slide, a facility for renting canoes and kayaks, a grotto and waterfall, and an entertainment center equipped with a large-screen television.
Crystal Lagoons will fill the 15 million-gallon lagoon with water purchased from Pasco County. The fill-up is expected to take at least 45 days. The lagoon will be equipped with 400 sensors measuring the quality of the water. [Tampa Bay Times] – Mike Seemuth