The Park at OWA
Creating signs of all kinds for a new theme park
When Six Flags New Orleans was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, it left the Gulf Coast without an amusement park for families and thrill seekers. A tribe in Alabama saw an opportunity to change that.
In 2016, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians unveiled plans to create a first-class, family-friendly tourist destination in the City of Foley near the state’s most popular beaches. OWA (which means “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language) would be a 520+ acre master-planned destination resort with a five-year, multi-phase buildout.
Solomon Group was asked to help with a portion of Phase I, which includes a themed amusement park, shops, restaurants, and a hotel... all surrounding a picturesque, 14-acre lake (big water).
The Park at OWA features 21 rides ranging from large-scale roller coasters to kiddie rides. Solomon Group helped officials develop a visual identity for the park, and designed over 100 signs and themed elements for the attraction. We also assisted in determining a thoughtful, wayfinding layout package so that guests could easily navigate the park’s sprawling grounds.
The heavy lifting came from Solomon Group’s fabrication and graphics teams who worked for months building, then installing, various types of signs and themed elements throughout The Park at OWA, which include:
● Eye-catching, illuminated sign cabinets with neon accents.
● Machine-carved dimensional signs made from HDU with colorful, industrial coatings to endure the Gulf South’s harsh weather.
● Fiberglass props, such as the Leap Frog, manufactured to withstand abuse from climbing children.
● Decorative, digital monitor surrounds to frame existing, park-wide informational displays.
● ADA compliant signage throughout the attraction.
● Vivid, hand-painted murals at rides such as the Wave Rider.
● Dressing up unsightly, roller coaster pylons with custom-fitted, sheet metal column caps that were given a scenic-painted finish.
On July 21, 2017, The Park at OWA opened to the public. It’s the largest theme park in Alabama and the only nearby attraction of its kind in a four-state area (AL, LA, MS, AR). Future expansion plans include a resort level condominium, additional hotels, a luxury RV resort and an outdoor water park.
Here’s a look at some of the work Solomon Group created for The Park at OWA.
What We did
- Scenic Fabrication + Finishing
- Graphics Production
- Creative + Design Support
- Project Management + Consultation
- Installation + Maintenance