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What's going on at the Lodge?


Water park on hold, but resort may return to daily operations next month



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January 26, 2011 | 09:02 AM
Geneva — Ed Snyder, the vice president and general manager of the Lodge at Geneva Ridge, described it as a "Catch-22."

He said originally, the plan was to build a 15,000-square-foot water park off the old atrium of the resort on Highway 50 and remodel the locker rooms. With construction brings what most would label unpleasant noises such as hammering and sawing, so according to Snyder, the resort owners made the decision before New Year's Eve not to book rooms. That way, guests wouldn't be complaining about the construction.

But it didn't quite work out that way. Although there was a sign stating the Lodge was closed, the water park project now is on hold.

"We were going to be adding a water park this season and all the final bids were done, (but) the bids came in extremely higher than (the owners) thought," Snyder said Monday.

Now, the water park project is back out for bids. Meanwhile, the Lodge's website still is online, but reservations can't be made through it. The 800 telephone number listed for the resort also went unanswered during an attempt to reach an operator last week.

Snyder said the Lodge remains closed during the week, opening only on weekends "when we have business." Such is the case for this weekend, when he said 35 Lodge employees will return to work. More than 40 were laid off but remain "on call," he said.

"If we would have known that we wouldn't be doing (the water park project) we would be working diligently to book the rooms during the week," Snyder said.

He said closing the Lodge also is a "dollars-and-cents thing," no different from when other area businesses close during the off-season.

"I wish we didn't have to do this, but it's economics," he said.

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In an e-mail Thursday, Jan. 20, Geneva Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale stated the town has been fielding calls from people inquiring about the Lodge's status. According to Lauderdale, the Lodge is expected to be open during the CAN/AM hockey event on Lake Como set for later in February.

"Both the town the Lodge are hopeful of the water park project plans coming to fruition, which could ultimately result in more of an off-season attraction," Lauderdale stated.

On Monday, Snyder said he expects the Lodge to reopen on a daily basis in mid February. He said the new water park bids are expected to be in by Feb. 15.

"It's still a project we want to do," Snyder said.

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