FARMINGTON -- The designer of a new water attraction for Disneyland will have a hand in adding a little pizazz to the Station Park development project.
Craig Trottier, vice president of development for CenterCal, which is Station Park's project developer, said the designer and manufacturer of the new World of Color for Disneyland has been hired to design and develop a water feature for the local $250 million development.
The company, Lifescapes, has also designed a number of water features in Las Vegas.
World of Color opened in Disneyland last June.
Station Park's water attraction will be part of a 1-acre park that will be on the south end of the project, which will also include an outdoor skating rink and other amenities.
"I'm really excited how it has evolved," Trottier said of plans for the park.
He said planners decided to quadruple their budget for the water feature, creating what he describes as a jewel.
"This will create an attraction unlike any in the state," Trottier said.
While a specific time frame for the water feature has not been established, Trottier said officials are aggressively moving ahead with development of the park.
Mature trees will be planted in the park, he said, and there will be indoor and outdoor dining areas. Glass will enclose one dining area during the winter but will roll back in the summer so the area can be open.
During a recent tour for city council members, Trottier showed samples of some light pole structures being imported from Italy that will surround the park.
Trottier has insisted CenterCal has avoided cutting corners on the Station Park development with the intent of creating a high-end development that will draw merchants, consumers and traffic from a broad area over the long term.
Councilman Rick Dutson, who was among the city officials who took the tour, said he was more impressed than he expected to be.
"This is far exceeding any expectations I ever had," he said.
Mayor Scott Harbertson also raved about some of the changes in park plans. "The enhancements are fabulous."
Harmons is the first store set to open in the mega-project, with the Utah-based grocery store scheduled to open May 2.
Expected to open shortly after Harmons are other stores, including a 55,000-square-foot Cinemark theater complex in July. The new park will be just across the street from the theater complex.
CenterCal is one of five retail development joint venture partners of the California State Teachers Retirement System.
Construction of another 200,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail space began in October.
Work on the balance of the Station Park project, including the village aspect and lifestyle center, is due to begin by May 1.
Station Park is at the intersection of Interstate 15, U.S. 89 and Legacy Parkway.