An $85 million construction project at Wildhorse Resort and
Casino near Pendleton will add a new 24-lane bowling alley, food court and
Work began last month on the first phase of the project that
includes the expansion of the Children’s Entertainment Center, a
family-friendly wing filled with video games, jungle gym and karaoke, and
Cineplex concession area.
The project’s second phase — a new hotel tower with 214
rooms and bigger events center — is expected to begin in a few months.
The whole project will add about 300,000 square feet to the
Wildhorse, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of
the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is about 75 miles southeast of the Tri-Cities
Visitors to the resort will see changes
in traffic flow for pedestrians and drivers, both inside and outside the main
building as contractors move equipment on site and fence off areas for
Chief Executive Officer Gary George encouraged the public to
watch for signs so they know where to go.
“Our goal is to make this expansion as seamless as possible
for our guests,” George said. “We’ll have ample signage in the parking areas
and inside the resort to direct guests and make it easy for them to reach their
While some parking areas will be consumed by the
construction, new parking areas will be built to add about 200 more spaces.
Customers are encouraged to use shuttles and valet service
to avoid lengthy walks at those times when the resort is busiest.
The main entrance to the Cineplex will be moved, and once
inside, moviegoers and hotel guests will find the walkway rerouted and clearly
marked. Even so, moviegoers may want to arrive earlier than usual.
The general contractor for the project is Lydig Construction
The resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV park, seven
restaurants, a five-screen Cineplex, 18-hole golf course, travel plaza for
commercial trucks and private vehicles and a tribal museum.
Last expanded in 2011, Wildhorse offers more than 1,200
slots, table games, live keno, bingo and live entertainment Thursday to
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