Treasure Island Opens $19M Lagoon Waterpark
by Jim Hammerand, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Originally published February 10, 2016
Treasure Island Resort & Casino opened its new 40,000-square-foot Lagoon waterpark near Red Wing Tuesday.
The $19 million project has a 320-foot-long lazy river with rapids, a waterfall and an island with lounge chairs. There also are two 276-foot-long body slides, an 80-foot-long zero-depth plunge pool, an adult-only pool, two hot tubs (one indoors, one out), and the swim-up Barefoot Bar.
The full-service Wave Spa offers massages, manicures/pedicures, facials, waxing, make-up, hair and nail services. There’s also a fitness center with bikes, elliptical machines and treadmills.
The waterpark has outdoor terrace space with fire pits and areas for private parties and events. Two twelve-foot retractable glass panels will open to let fresh air in during warmer months.
The waterpark uses sphagnum moss to filter the 119,000 gallons of water in the four pools with less chemicals than a traditional filtration system.
Treasure Island, in Welch, is owned by the Prairie Island Indian Community. Tribal Council President Shelley Buck said the project created more than 80 construction jobs.
Minneapolis-based RSP Architects and Golden Valley-based Knutson Construction partnered on the waterpark. Work started in May.
Treasure Island opened its renovated Tradewinds Buffet and the new Tabo Steakhouse last year.