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Multiple Projects in Works for OdySea

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Melissa Fittro for Scottsdale Independent

It isn’t a traditional theme park, but the arena that first housed a butterfly pavilion, aquarium and a dolphinarium is now planning for a bird observatory, dinosaur park and a hotel.

OdySea in the Desert lead developer Dr. Amram Knishinsky confirmed the district is in planning stages for new development within its 35 acres.

In a unique aspiration driven by childhood memories and passions, the local developer is working to create a destination for Arizona residents.

While the desert heat has made developers reticent of building any type of major theme park within the Valley, Dr. Knishinsky is aiming to provide a “reversed” type of park.

OdySea in the Desert is at the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura along the eastern boundary of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The area anchored first by Butterfly Wonderland in 2013, and then the OdySea Aquarium and Dolphinaris this fall, is planning to add a boutique hotel, a dinosaur park and a bird observatory.

In construction now is a Four Peaks Mine and an icy game environment called Polar Play. The area has already opened restaurants, an in-door carousel and a mirror maze.

Dr. Knishinsky’s ultimate goal, he says, is to offer families a place to come and be able to stay on the property for two to three days, entertained by the multiple attractions offered.

A Busy Future

The bird aviary, coined Paradise Earth, is in the works to be a large-scale bird aviary housing approximately 4,000 to 5,000 birds flying freely.

“Our plans and intention is to attract about a million visitors to Paradise Earth,” he said.

Paradise Earth is to be a 2- to 3-acre rainforest environment, standing about 80 feet tall with a glass roof, said Dr. Knishinsky.

The thousands of birds living in the aviary will find homes at every level.

Patrons will also be able to watch activities and experience the birds from the top. Other plans include a monkey island with a variety of live monkeys, a water fall, an amphitheater and an area showing traditional habitat and typical activity in the Amazon.

Dr. Knishinsky says the facility will be educational, and teach about the art of flying. The project is in the design phase, and he hopes to start construction sometime at the end of the year.

Next door to Paradise Earth is to be a dinosaur park. Dr. Knishinsky says they are working with a group to develop the park that would occupy between six to eight acres.

Also in discussion has been hotel suites featuring a kitchenette, aimed to provide families a comfortable stay.

Read more at Scottsdale Independent.

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