Aquatic Development Group (ADG), designer and builders of waterparks and water rides and attractions, has won the World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) Leading Edge Award for 2020.

The award was in recognition of ADG’s design and build work of Soaky Mountain Waterpark. As well as building all the water features at the park, ADG assumed the role of construction manager for the full park build.

Testament to the tenacity of ADG’s construction team is the fact that Soaky Mountain was built during the wettest summer in Sevierville’s history and through a global pandemic.

The new waterpark is home to the very latest in ride design innovations and a number of industry-first attractions. One standout attraction is the 35,000 sq. ft. ShorebreakTM Water Pool, featuring waves up to 6ft. high. Another is ADG’s Tidal River, which stretches over 1,200 ft. and boasts 3-inch roller waves. Both attractions are powered by WaveTek.

The $90m waterpark also features a dual-Wibit inflatable water obstacle course, a flat-water cabana pool, a double FlowRider surf ride and a number of ProSlide water slides.

Jim Dunn, president of ADG, shared his delight at receiving the award: “We are incredibly proud to have won the Leading Edge Award for our work on Soaky Mountain. The Soaky Mountain Waterpark project really showcases all of our company’s strengths.

“Through the toughest of circumstances ADG was able to deliver a state-of-the-art project with some of the world’s best attractions, and in a record time.  It takes a special team, working with an incredible group of partners and developers, to pull this off. We could not be more pleased with the final product,” Dunn added.