Fayette County


City of Fayetteville may woo Great Wolf

Back in April, Peachtree City residents effectively chased away Great Wolf Lodge, which had designs to renovate the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree hotel property and turn it into an indoor water park.

Thursday night, Fayetteville City Council members publicly declared their interest in wooing Great Wolf into their city, and Councilman Jim Williams in particular indicated he would like to see it set up shop in the vicinity of Pinewood Atlanta Studios along Veterans Parkway.

It was Williams who brought up the subject during the City Council and Committee Reports portion of Thursday night’s city council meeting. He said the city should pursue Great Wolf Lodge, which he called “Water World,” for economic development purposes.

City Manager Ray Gibson said, in fact, he and other city leaders have already planned to talk with Great Wolf Lodge representatives next week about the prospect of bringing them to Fayetteville.

One challenge, says Gibson, will be competing with the likes of Stockbridge and Gwinnett County, which he said are also interested in courting Great Wolf Lodge. He says the water park company is likely to want financial incentives that Fayetteville doesn’t currently offer.

Williams, however, says he believes Great Wolf Lodge should be interested in the city’s Veterans Parkway corridor, especially as it offers relatively quick access to Interstate 85. He further said he would like to see Veterans Parkway, which currently dead-ends a couple of miles north of Pinewood Studios Atlanta, extended in a way that better connects it to I-85.

When all four Peachtree City city council members and the mayor voted “no” on April 16 to a rezoning and variance required for Great Wolf Lodge to set up on the Dolce property, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch said she liked the company and thought they would do a good job building their water park, but she said she didn’t believe they were a good fit for that property.

“I think the presentations were reasonable, and I like Great Wolf Lodge,” Fleisch said. “That being said, I do not believe a grand-scale installation with a regional draw is compatible with Peachtree City.”

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.