Guest column: Work continues on Renaissance Park

Artist’s rendition of proposed Interactive Renaissance Park in Williams.

Artist’s rendition of proposed Interactive Renaissance Park in Williams.

We are still waiting for the city to give us some good news about the Sweetwater Well. We are hoping for a great winter this year to fill our lakes as well. To say the least, we are looking forward to hearing good things about Williams’ water future and a sustainable water supply for our community.

Work continues to bring the Interactive Renaissance Park to Williams. We had a good “introductory” meeting with the Theme Park Tax District #1 and are weighing a decision on our possible involvement with them. I have also been contacted by other entities and communities in the recent past interested in bringing the Renaissance Interactive Park to their communities and areas, including Flagstaff and Prescott (along with companies in the Verde Valley and the White Mountains.) I have made the decision and made the commitment to continue to give Williams preference for this project through next summer. But we need to see significant action to accommodate us. (Support from the city and the community as well)

Our current plans are to hire 40-60 employees, plus managers for this project. Meanwhile, the work continues on land acquisition, features, attractions and program development.

We have recently authorized and begun the creation of a 3D model of the park (castle and castle yard) by our green building friend, Michael Chamberlain from the Texas-Arkansas area, who will help with the construction of the park as well. This will be ready soon for all to visit.

We have put in a lot of work and made sacrifices to bring this to Williams and have been working on this project for years. We are bringing something real special to Williams and believe this is the right size project for this town.

We are still asking for volunteers and interns to get in the ground floor with us and contribute their talents and time to help make this attraction an amazing, fun and successful one and a great addition to our town! Come join us. Please call Mark Worden at 928-635-2394 for more information.

Thank you and Huzzah!

Mark Worden

Managing director

Grand Canyon Renaissance Experience

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