North Texas’ first Adventure Park – Water Park combo to create hundreds of new jobs
Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch joined White Settlement Mayor Jerry Burns and city and business leaders Tuesday, Dec. 3, to break ground on North Texas’ first Adventure Park – Water Park combo.
Guests were greeted by Hawaiian dancers and the Star-Spangled Banner was played by the Brewer High School band. A barbecue lunch was served to all the guests.
Bush then thanked both school and city officials for their support in the project.
The ceremonial shoveling of dirt took place with city officials as well as the first wave of water being dumped on them to kick off the project. Two White Settlement firetrucks sprayed large streams of water into the air as the band topped off the event with the fight song.
“We’re excited to bring a new level of family entertainment to North Texas,” said Busch. “Our mission has always been to bring families closer together by providing a clean, safe, fun place for them to play together. Now we’re enhancing the experience by providing a more challenging environment where the whole family can climb and jump and play together. Don’t tell the kids they’re exercising and they’ll just think they’re having fun.”
The year-round Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park will open Memorial Day weekend and 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 Freefall attraction and 500-foot long zip lines. All the attractions will be adjacent to and above the Hawaiian Falls White Settlement water park site.
Mayor Burns said the 16-acre entertainment complex will have a big impact on White Settlement’s economy. “With a major water park, the year-round adventure park, and the Aloha Conference Center, tens of thousands of new visitors will come to our area every year to enjoy the facilities. Our citizens can’t wait to welcome guests from all over North and West Texas to White Settlement.”
The water park will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and will include a football field-sized wavepool, 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 several multi-slide towers featuring speed slides, tube slides and a multi-lane mat racer slide.
The year-round entertainment complex is expected to attract more than 300,000 guests per year, and will also include a 20,000 square-foot indoor family arcade, private birthday party rooms and a restaurant.
The 5,000 square foot Aloha Event 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.
White Settlement residents and families with students in the White Settlement ISD can purchase specially-priced “My Island” season passes for $49.99, a $40 savings off the regular season pass price of $89.99, at http://www.hfalls.com/ws/. Only 3,000 season passes will be sold at this rate, and only White Settlement residents and White Settlement ISD families are eligible for this 45% discount.
Anyone can purchase season passes at a special holiday rate of $64.99, a $25 savings off the regular $89.99 season pass price. Season pass sales will be limited to a total of 12,500 for the first year of operation.
Hawaiian Falls White Settlement season passes are valid every regular operating day and include over $100 in free and discount offers. Other season pass options include an “Island Hopper” season pass which includes unlimited admission to any of the seven Hawaiian Falls waterparks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco and the new waterparks opening in 2014 in Pflugerville (north of Austin) and White Settlement.
Opening May 2014, the $13 million, year-round entertainment complex will employ more than 300 people during the peak summer months and 100 year-round.
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