Wakeboard park offers season pass for winning name

CRYSTAL LAKE – Like a major Hollywood film, Crystal Lake's newest attraction is going to start production under a working title.

With construction potentially starting Sept. 1, developers of a 32-acre cable wakeboard park at Three Oaks Recreation Area are still searching for a name after Crystal Lake officials voiced concern over the proposed Vulkan Cable Park name.

"It threw us for a bit of a loop," developer Charlie Copley said of the unexpected opposition. "We already have a website and started to promote it."

But Copley is taking the unexpected challenge and creating an opportunity for the community to get involved. Similar to the naming of Three Oaks Recreation Area, Copley wants residents to submit potential names for the park.

He said those involved with the project have come up with some ideas but nothing has stood out. He said the person that offers a winning name would receive a season pass to the park that is set to open in the spring.

"Honestly, nothing sounds good," Copley said of his team's naming efforts. "And we want the community involved one way or another."

The cable park is expected to be a major draw for Crystal Lake, featuring three different tower courses, a clubhouse, a full restaurant and outdoor patio for dining and viewing, a stage for live music, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor hot tub, a fire pit, and a beach area for people to watch the riders.

The wakeboard courses feature towers connected by cables that pull the rider along the water. Each course increases in difficulty with the advanced course featuring jumps and stunts.

City Council members have been supportive and excited about the project since it was first conceived a year ago. But the name was a sticking point with Mayor Aaron Shepley, who said there was a determined effort to remove the Vulkan name from Crystal Lake.

Developers also are working through issues with a proposed sign and will have to go through a liquor commission hearing before everything is finalized.

Copley said name submissions could be sent to ride@vulkancablepark.com and include contact information. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 29, he said. After all entries are in, Copley said he might select a few to be further developed with logos and let people vote for their favorite.

"To me, it's kind of important to stand out and be our own entity," Copley said of the name. "We're looking for some help and it's a chance to win a season pass."

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