Splash Dayz coming to White Settlement

Preliminary Conceptual Site Plan for Veterans Park Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park
Splash Dayz is new name for the water park.

by A.C. Hall

At a joint meeting on Monday between the White Settlement Parks and Recreation Board and the White Settlement City Council, some big decisions were made about the future of the waterpark formerly known as Hawaiian Falls.  After considering many different names for the waterpark, the City decided to name it Splash Dayz.   Continue reading “Splash Dayz coming to White Settlement”

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Water park now in the hands of the City

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.
A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been over a week since White Settlement Mayor Ronald A. White announced the City’s intention to terminate their lease agreement with Hawaiian Falls over unpaid lease payments.  In that time, both the City and Hawaiian Falls have sounded off on the issue. Continue reading “Water park now in the hands of the City”

Topgolf making divot in Cowtown

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After months of hinting around that it was coming, you can now get ready to tee up for a Topgolf location in Fort Worth.
Topgolf International today officially unveiled Fort Worth as its fourth location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, announcing plans to break ground this fall on the 65,000-square foot facility; at the southeast corner of Highway 121 and Interstate 35, north of West Fourth Street and west of the Trinity River. Continue reading “Topgolf making divot in Cowtown”

Storage center rolling up the doors with convenience and appeal

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by A. C. Hall

The decades long frustration citizens and city leaders have had over the unfinished red iron building has ended as All Storage is opening their doors and giving the building a purpose at long last.  Coming into the deal to purchase and complete the building, All Storage knew they were taking on the challenge of transforming something that has been an eyesore by most in the city for many years.     Continue reading “Storage center rolling up the doors with convenience and appeal”

Appliance store moving to White Settlement Road

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new business sign illustration design over white

By A.C. Hall

One of the larger vacant buildings along White Settlement Road is getting a new tenant as Accent Appliance will soon be coming to the old Dollar General location.  Accent Appliance is currently located on Camp Bowie and is a company that sells and services household appliances.
White Settlement Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves stated that the City’s business friendly reputation helped draw Accent Appliance to White Settlement.  Reeves shared a few words with The Grizzly Detail about this latest business to move into the city.
“They will be conducting a few upgrades to the interior of the property.  Many of the upgrades may take some time, but I am excited and ready to see them open to the public,” Reeves said.

Business updates given at December EDC meeting

Patel’s wife was on hand to receive a $275,000 check from the EDC.
Patel’s wife was on hand to receive a $275,000 check from the EDC.

by A.C. Hall

In a brief December meeting, Economic Development Director Jim Ryan gave an update on some businesses in the area.  Ryan touched upon the new research and development center at Weir SPM and also mentioned that the old car wash on Cherry Lane across from the middle school is now the new home to Dan Brown tax service.  Also mentioned is a new three suite commercial building that is nearing completion on Jim Wright Freeway next to the Gene Thompson and associates office. Continue reading “Business updates given at December EDC meeting”

Chamber invited to tour new Region 11 Education Service Center

Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.
Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.

By Ben Posey

Members of the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce received a sneak peak of the newly renovated Sam’s Club warehouse building located at 1451 S. Cherry Lane, soon to be home to the Region 11 Education Service Center (ESC Region 11).  Continue reading “Chamber invited to tour new Region 11 Education Service Center”

Water park’s grand opening full of food, fun and lots of splashing

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A special early grand opening at Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park in White Settlement this past Thursday featured a dignitary slide race with Hawaiian Falls CEO David Bush, City Manager Linda Ryan, Mayor Jerry Burns, City Secretary Amy Arnold, City Councilman Elzie Clements, and City Councilman Mike Arnold, Sr. Continue reading “Water park’s grand opening full of food, fun and lots of splashing”

Hawaiian Falls White Settlement breaks ground on Adventure/Water Park, and Aloha Conference Center

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David Busch of Hawaiian Falls shovels dirt with Councilmenber Danny Anderson, Mayor Jerry Burns, City Manager Linda Ryan, Councilmembers Elzie Clements, Gene Hatcher, Steve Ott and Mike Arnold Sr.

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.  Continue reading “Hawaiian Falls White Settlement breaks ground on Adventure/Water Park, and Aloha Conference Center”

EDC, council finalize Hawaiian Falls Park deal

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by A.C. Hall

The City of White Settlement finally reached the end of many months  of work on Tuesday as they took the last steps to put the Hawaiian Falls deal into place.  First, the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation met, where they unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the issuance of a sales tax revenue bond.  The bond is in the amount of $12.6 million, but unlike the first bond the city considered for this project a few months ago, this one is for a term of twenty years instead of thirty.  That translates into a lifetime savings of over $10 million in interest, and also means the city will see sales tax revenue from Hawaiian Falls a decade sooner than they would have under the other bond.  The bond money is expected to be deposited into the construction account on Nov. 19.    Continue reading “EDC, council finalize Hawaiian Falls Park deal”

Signage along Clifford Street announces new water park, event center

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Late last week those driving down Clifford Street began noticing a large sign at Veterans Park announcing Hawaiian Falls and their targeted opening date of May 2014.   Continue reading “Signage along Clifford Street announces new water park, event center”

City exploring new funding options for Hawaiian Falls

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by A.C. Hall

In a specially called joint meeting between the City Council and Economic Development Corporation, it was revealed that the city will no longer be seeking a certificate of obligation to fund the Hawaiian Falls construction.  A memo was given to council and EDC from City Manager Linda Ryan that detailed the reason for this change.  The memo stated that the Texas Attorney General was not in favor of a certificate of obligation being used to build a water park.   Continue reading “City exploring new funding options for Hawaiian Falls”

Council approves water park venture at special meeting

Hawaiian Falls preliminary drawing of the park.
Hawaiian Falls preliminary drawing of the park.

By A.C. Hall

At a special meeting on Tuesday night the White Settlement City Council voted unanimously to approve the construction agreement and the ground lease and operating agreement with Hawaiian Falls for a water and adventure park to be built in White Settlement.  The park will be constructed on the roughly 14 acres of city owned land behind Veterans Park.   Continue reading “Council approves water park venture at special meeting”

Citizens sound off on possible water park construction

Hawaiian Falls preliminary drawing of the park.
Hawaiian Falls preliminary drawing of the park.

By A.C. Hall

The community has been buzzing during the month of July as news broke about the probability of a Hawaiian Falls Waterpark coming to White Settlement and being built on the lot behind Veterans Park.  Over the past week, citizens got their chance to address city leaders about the project.  Many in the community packed the council chambers to capacity at a public hearing on Thursday night and again filled it at a town hall meeting on Saturday morning.  While some concerns were expressed, the overall tone of the two events was overwhelmingly positive for the park project.   Continue reading “Citizens sound off on possible water park construction”

Vacant building sale could be westside economic boom

by Ben Posey

The Region XI Education Service Center (ESC) in Fort Worth is just a few legal steps away from acquiring the vacated Sam’s Club building just off Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The move, being spurred by the expansion of I-35 through north Fort Worth, will bring approximately 200 employees to the area and nearly 50,000 people being trained annually at the facility. Continue reading “Vacant building sale could be westside economic boom”

Vacant west side grocery store building purchased

Fort Worth Plumbers and Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has purchased a 36,792-square-foot building located at 9920 White Settlement Road in west Fort Worth.

The old grocery store, which opened 20 years ago, has been the target of vandalism and graffiti since it closed in early 2000. Businesses in the area hope the newly renovated building will bring new shopping and dining customers to the west side of Fort Worth.

The former Food Lion/Nelsons grocery building will house the training committee, local union and meeting hall and pension group in one location in the Westpoint area. The Fort Worth chapter of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union represents the skilled workforce of journeymen and apprentice plumbers, pipefitters, welders, sprinkler fitters and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) service technicians.

No purchase price was released on the current deal. Tarrant County Appraisal District’s 2011 appraisal value for the property was $600,000 – down significantly from the property’s 2009 appraised value of $1.1 million.

DelTaco to open in West Fort Worth

A new taco taste has found its way to town. A California based company has been spreading its wings in the Metroplex and has recently announced a new store location in west Fort Worth along Alta Mere Drive near Sam’s Club.

The restaurant will be open 24 hours a day and their menu includes tacos, as well as burritos, quesadillas, hamburgers, fries, salads, shakes and desserts.

They are expected to be open for business in a couple of months.