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Waterpark taking shape in shadow of new casino

The new Kartrite Hotel and Indoor Waterpark is quickly rising out of the ground on the Resorts World Catskills campus, a little more than a stone’s throw away from the blackjack tables and roulette wheels of the world-famous casino.

“The Kartrite project is a continuation of the momentum accelerated by the Resorts World project to the economic resurgence of The Sullivan Catskills.” Sullivan County Partnership President and CEO Marc Baez said. “The casino legislation is accomplishing exactly what it was intended to do in Sullivan County.

Much of the wall construction is already in place. With an anticipated grand opening in nearly a year, the waterpark contractors are working hard to make it a reality.

Located in Monticello, the Kartrite will feature two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites.

The new project is owned by Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort.

Ellis and Berry are recognized nationally as the innovators behind the award winning Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark located in Tannersville, Pa.

Their newest development in Monticello will allow them to raise the bar for family friendly adventure once again.

“We’re building upon the family focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Pocono Mountains,” said Berry. “The Kartrite’s location at the Resorts World Catskills property provides a unique opportunity for us to deliver a whole new adventure for guests as part of a true global destination.”

The Kartrite’s namesake is the mysterious and inspiring worldly explorer character, Kartrite Van Der Berris. The beloved character was introduced on the Camelback property and is a fitting i nspiration for the new world-class hotel and waterpark. The Kartrite will feature multiple innovative restaurants, a relaxing spa, a ropes course, and an arcade.

Baez said, “We are truly excited to have another world-class project being built in Sullivan County.

“This added attraction and additional 324 rooms will certainly contribute to the economy of Sullivan County as well as add much-needed employment for another 600 people,” Baez said. “Sullivan County is ready for more.” And Baez is quick to point out that with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a host of distilling and brewing companies, many established businesses on local Main Streets and new businesses poised to move into the county, Sullivan County is earning a reputation as one of the busiest counties in the state. “With the support of our legislature and many local government officials, Sullivan County is becoming more business friendly,” Baez said. “This is certainly making a difference in the number of new businesses which are able to open their doors.”

$250,000 Year-Long Sweepstakes

As an exciting prelude to its grand opening, the new Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark at Resorts World Catskills is launching the “Adventure of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes.

This year-long contest, hosted at, launched on January 17 and will run through Dec. 31, 2018.

In total, the giveaway prizes will have a value of $250,000.

The “Adventure of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes provides participants with opportunities to win at three separate prize levels – the Epic Instant Win Prizes as part of the ‘Spin to Play,’ a large quarterly prize, and one final grand prize – the “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

Visitors to who submit their full name, email address, home state and zip code of residence will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes.