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New Tulalip resort casino could include large indoor water park

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Construction is underway on a new $140 million resort that will replace one of the state's oldest gaming establishments.

The Tulalip Tribes broke ground on the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino Hotel -- or QCC2, as its being called by some in tribal leadership -- in December, with an expected opening by spring 2019.

In addition to expanding the gaming floor to accommodate up to 1,500 slot machines -- up from over 1,000 at the old casino -- the 16-acre resort will include a 120,000-square-foot, 150-room hotel on Northeast 33rd Avenue in Tulalip, northwest of Everett. Also included in new complex will be new food and beverage options -- including a full-service bar --expanded banquet capacity and a state-of-the art smoke evacuation system.

Tribal officials are considering a massive indoor water park to add to the attractions, though media relations specialist Michael Greene cautioned the idea was early on in the planning stage after making headlines earlier in the week.

"I know everyone wants a water park up here -- especially indoors," Greene said. "That would be amazing."

Over the next few months, tribal leaders will conduct a feasibility study to gauge the water park's potential customer base, which they believe could stretch from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C.

The original Quil Ceda Creek Casino opened in 1992, making it one of the oldest gaming establishments in the state.

The Tulalip tribe will continue to operate the larger Tulalip Resort Casino just off of Interstate 5.

The tribe is the third-largest employer in Snohomish County, according to Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

SeattlePI is a KOMO News partner. You can read this story at SeattlePI here.

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