12 Sep     Building On The State Line

Posted at 12:00AM

For over 40 years, Carowinds has proudly been the place where the Carolinas come together. Our convenient location on the North and South Carolina border brings both states together for fun and camaraderie while our guests playfully tippy-toe the state line and pose for pictures. Founder E. Pat Hall picked the perfect spot for our beloved park.

In addition to the added elements of fun and Southern charm, sharing the Carolinas also presents an unique challenge when it comes to acquiring construction permits. A construction permit, also known as a building permit, is required for new construction projects and major renovations. Generally, new construction must be approved prior to work and after completion to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations. Since a state line divides our park’s property, we regularly work with both York County, South Carolina and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina to secure these permits.

Carowinds New Attractions 2016

Carolina Harbor will be the largest waterpark expansion in our history, and will bring many new additions at Carowinds . A permit is needed for each new construction project, and the attraction’s physical location determines which state issues the permit.

In the event an attraction crosses the state line, like Fury 325, permitting is required from the state where the ride’s station is located. In Fury 325’s case, permitting was required from North Carolina. While some of Carolina Harbor’s features will come close to crossing the state line, none of them will.

By the end of next week, we should have permits for Surf Club Harbor (our new state-of-the-art wave pool), Blackbeard’s Revenge (a giant water slide complex) and the brand-new bathhouse. In the meantime, we are busy preparing the land for construction. In about four weeks, very noticeable construction will begin.

Carowinds Construction Update - Pleasant Road Exit

In last week's blog, Breaking Ground on Carolina Harbor , we discussed plans for a new exit that will give guests the option to exit the parking lot at the intersection of Pleasant Road and Carowinds Boulevard. If weather and favorable conditions continue, we hope to have the new exit open by September 25th - just in time for Christian Music Day and the second weekends for SCarowinds and The Great Pumpkin Fest.

We are now in the final weekend for operation in Boomerang Bay. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. When you see it next year, the waterpark will be completely transformed.

In our next blog, we’ll explore the new colors for current slides/attractions, and their new names. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Carowinds for live construction updates.

This blog was made possible through the contribution of Steve Jackson, director of maintenance; Bob Paytosh, manager of rides maintenance; Bob Gesell, manager of construction and facilities; and Phillip Allan, manager of electrical and facilities.

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