Excitement is palpable as construction at BamaJam Farms is well under way on the 1,600-acre recreational and residential mega-site on Highway 167 North.
Investors came together May 24 to share the site's progress, including the John Anderson Hillbilly Swingin' Swimmin' Hole that will be open in time for the June 14-16 BamaJam music festival.
The facility includes a deep end area with rope swings, slides and zips lines, a shallow end area, and a separate area with bumper boats.
The bottom of the swimming hole, which will be filled with two million gallons of chemically treated water, will be white sand.
Steve Butler, creative director, said he has worked during the past three months bringing the vision of developer Ronnie Gilley to life.
"We've got an extremely beautiful project here," Butler said, adding the project is different than anything in this area or the Southeast.
The vision, Gilley said in a statement, is "to create a place that would draw people together to celebrate God's great country and His gift of fellowship. We envisioned a community with old fashioned values and small town traditions with simple pleasures and plenty of home town pride."
Gilley said the mission is to "support and nurture a community where all people can come and share the many blessings God has bestowed on us and enjoy great entertainment and recreational activities. We are committed to providing a wholesome, family oriented environment and creating memorable experiences that people want to share and relive."
A portion of the BamaJam Farms all-terrain vehicle trails is also set to open during the weekend of the BamaJam festival.
The swimming facility will continue with construction to include a children's swimming area and what will be the country's longest water slide.
"This is going to be one of the most beautiful and spectacular water parks in the country," said country musician John Anderson. "I think it will be one of the premiere destinations in the country."
BamaJam Farms will be hosting a job fair May 30-31 at the site from 2 to 5 p.m. and residents looking for employment are encouraged to attend and bring their resumes.
The development intends to hire 50-70 full-time jobs to start with, but as the site continues to develop, organizers hope to employ thousands of people.
For more information about the swimming attraction and other upcoming features at BamaJam Farms, see the next issue of The Southeast Sun.