KINGSLAND — The groundbreaking on the first phase of a sports complex will be held in coming weeks in Kingsland that developer Bill Gross says could draw as many as 3 million visitors a year.

Epic Adventures, a 480-acre sports entertainment complex, will feature 10 fields where baseball, lacrosse, and soccer can be played, a handicap-access stadium, water park, RV park, mini-golf, restaurants, a market featuring Georgia produce, and many other features.

“The state wants this to be as much about Georgia as possible,” he said.

Construction of the first phase, a 219-space RV park, will begin soon, with the entire complex expected to be completed within five years, Gross said.

“We think this is a great nucleus to get this going,” he said.

The complex, which will create an estimated 1,180 full-time jobs and more than 400 part-time positions, was originally planned as an amusement park but the developers backed out when the economy tanked a decade ago.

“I didn’t dream this up. It was an evolution of events,” Gross said. “This is not an amusement park.”

Gross said he believes the complex will be a success because of the location off Interstate 95 at Exit 3. An estimated one of every seven of the 58,000 vehicles traveling through Camden County on the interstate each day get off at Exit 3.

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