A. Lee Graham
Hawaiian Falls’ sixth water park promises more than slides. When open, the White Settlement location will mark the company’s first combination adventure park and water park.
Groundbreaking for the 16-acre park is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 3 on land adjacent to Veterans Park, 8901 Clifford Street at Loop 820.
The new venture will employ more than 300 seasonal workers throughout the summer and 100 full-time, year-round employees for the adventure park and conference center.
The $13 million attraction is expected to draw more than 300,000 guests a year and will include a 20,000-square-foot indoor family arcade, private birthday party rooms and a restaurant.
City officials, business leaders and other guests are expected to join Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch for the groundbreaking.
The water park, open Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day, will feature a football field-sized wave pool, a 10,000 square-foot activity pool with a floating water obstacle course, splash pads and water walks, a 1,000-foot-long river with rapids and fountains, and multi-slide towers featuring speed slides, tube slides and a multi-lane mat racer slide.
The adventure park, open year-round, will feature multi-level ropes courses, adventure trail climbing nets, a military-style obstacle course, 60-foot high climbing and rappelling walls, a six-story free fall attraction and 500-foot long zip lines. All the attractions will be adjacent to and above the Hawaiian Fall White Settlement water park site.
Aloha Conference Center will accommodate up to 400 people for dining or up to 1,000 people theater-style for meetings, conferences and team building events year-round. Full-service catering will also be available.
All attractions are expected to open Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Mansfield, Roanoke, Garland, The Colony and Waco, and plans to open another park in Pflugerville, north of Austin in May 2014. More information is available at www.hfalls.com.