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 included a themed amusement park, shops, restaurants and hotel all surrounding a picturesque, 14-acre lake.
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 one hundred 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 various types of signs and themed elements including: 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 manufactured to withstand the action of children; decorative, digital monitor surrounds to frame existing, park-wide informational displays; ADA compliant signage; vivid, hand-painted murals; dressing up unsightly, roller coaster pylons with custom-fitted, sheet metal column caps with a scenic-painted finish.
The Park at OWA is the largest theme park in Alabama and the only nearby attraction of its kind in a four-state area (AL, LA, MS, AR).