Greg Norman Company To Build Wakeboard Complex At Okeeheelee Park
(March 25, 2016) – The new $1.5 million Shark Wake Park 561 is set to open in 2017.
Who needs the ocean?
A company owned by golfing great Greg Norman is bringing a new cable-powered wakeboard ride, the first in Palm Beach County, to Okeeheelee Park in suburban West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County commissioners, at their meeting Tuesday, approved granting the concession, to be called “Shark Wake Park 561.”
The complex will open early next year and be open year-round except for four holidays and also will feature water skiing, wake surfing, zip-lining, tubing and knee board rentals, as well as food and drink concessions. The park will offer rides, lessons and competitions.
The county does have water skiing operations at Okeeheelee Park and at South County Regional Park west of Boca Raton, but those are operated almost exclusively by ski clubs and mostly aren’t available to the general public, according to a memo from county director of property Ross Hering and Parks Director Eric Call.
Norman’s Great White Shark Enterprises will spend $1.57 million to build Shark Wake Park 561 on 33.8 acres at the northwest end of Okeeheelee Park’s center lake.
The West Palm Beach firm will pay the county a $24,000 a year rental fee. In addition, if the park gets gross proceeds above the $24,000, Great White will give the county 8.5 percent of all proceeds.
The lease is for 10 years with two options to extend.
Norman’s son, Greg Norman Jr., is partnering on the project with Rene Hofmann, who founded an Orlando wakeboard park that’s the largest in the country. Greg Norman Jr. is separately opening his first wakeboard park this summer in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The junior Norman said Friday he’s had many dealings with wakeboarders and water-skiiers in Palm Beach County “and I know how popular it is.” But he said it’s difficult unless they make the costly step of buying or renting a boat.
“The cable park,” he said, “is the best option to open this sport to the masses.”