$40 million theme park in the works for Parrita

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A development firm said Wednesday it had finished a concept project to advance plans for a 302-hectare adventure theme park near Parrita on the central pacific coast.

The firm, DCL Property Developers, said that the park will include more than 15 amenities, tours and rides for the visitors, and make of this project the most ambitious and complete adventure attraction in the Central American region. The park will be called La Chonta Costa Rica, Natural & Eco Adventure Park.
Javier Segura, general manager of DLC, said that this is about a $40 million project that will provide more than 100 direct jobs and as many as 500 indirect jobs.

Parallel to the delivery of the concept, DLC’s sister company, DCL Realty Consultants, has received the first set of offers for the $24 million financing that La Chonta Adventure Park will need for its preoperative and construction stage. Those offers came from the firm’s own financial sources in the United States, he said.

Segura explained that the concept includes all the feasibility and other studies that move the project closer to construction.
He said that the park will feature an aerial tram, a 500-meter (1,640-foot) zip line, electric buggies and accommodations, including a luxury camping area.
He said that the park will bring to one location many of the adventure experiences that are typical of Costa Rica. However, there also will be walkways for those who prefer not to become involved with the adventure experiences.

One goal is to keep the finished part environmentally friendly, he said.
The area of 302 hectares is about 746 acres. Segura said that his firms were able to secure financing despite the lending situation in the United States, although he did agree that for several months financing was on hold. The name of the firm that will own the park is being kept confidential until more progress is made, Segura said.

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