Dan Kehl, president and CEO of Kehl Management has announced that he will build a $30 million indoor water park with bowling center and event space in Cedar Rapids — IF — the voters reject casino gaming in a vote coming up on Tuesday (3/5). The last-minute water park idea came as a surprise to people in Cedar Rapids, however the Riverside Casino, which is only a short 35 minutes from Cedar Rapids, has spent $600,000 trying to defeat the idea of a casino in Cedar Rapids. The campaign is called “Just Say No Casino”.
Kehl says he won’t build the family-friendly water park idea if the casino vote passes because the Riverside Casino stands to lose more than 30 percent of its business if a Cedar Rapids casino is built.
The City of Cedar Rapids owns the land where the water park or casino would be built. The land does sit in the 100-year flood plain. The City is touting the revenues a casino would create as a way to help pay for flood protection.
Just like in Lyon County — if Linn County voters approve gambling, the Iowa Racing And Gaming Commission would still need to grant the group a gaming license.