PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Hawaiian Falls, Pflugerville’s new water park, is racing down the homestretch to open by Memorial Day. There’s still some work to be done.
“Yikes”, laughs President David Busch, “Memorial Day! It will be a partial opening. The whole thing won’t be finished by then, but it will be when school lets out June 5.”
Sitting on 25 acres along State Highway 130 and Farm-to-Market 685, there will be no other park like it within a 60 mile radius. It offers the largest wave pool in Texas, a floating river and plenty of giant slides.
They have already sold 2,800 season passes at $89 each, and hope to sell 12,000. Daily passes are $35 for adults and $26 for children.
The park will create 400 jobs, 300 of those will be seasonal.
A start-up bridge loan of $7 million has already been repaid. What remains is the overall project’s $23.5 million loan. That money was made available through the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, a quasi private-public group, but it is ultimately backed by the City of Pflugerville should the project fail.
Hawaiian Falls’ David Busch doesn’t think that will happen. “Our other projects all over the country are flourishing, attracting hotels and residences, all types of development. This is one of the top markets in America without a water park so we think this is a pretty good bet.”
A Best Western hotel is already committed to the area and a larger, unnamed hotel is close to finalizing a deal. One thousand homes nearby are in the construction pipeline.
Customers young and old who got a sneak peek Thursday are ready to get wet.
“I want to ride that one, the big slide,” said Shelby Hoffman. “It looks great.”
Christopher Williams was also impressed. “I think it’s going to be amazing. It looks cool already.”
There was some concern about water use in these drought stricken times.
Busch explains the park will use 10 million gallons of water a year but more than 90 percent of that will be recycled, so only 1 million gallons will be lost.
“Tha’ts about what you would use to water a fair sized ball field for a year,” according to Busch, “or the water use of about 125 homes.”
There is also a “dry” Adventure Park on the property with obstacle course, zip line, arcade and laser tag. It will remain open year-round.