PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – After weeks of delays, the much anticipated Hawaiian Falls water park finally opened its doors at noon on Monday. The park sits on 25 acres and is along State Highway 130 and FM 685.
Construction crews faced some delays because of weather problems earlier this year. Initially the park was supposed to open Memorial Day Weekend but that was pushed back to June 6, and then to June 9.
The adventure park portion, which has zip lining and rope courses, along with several other structures is still under construction and won’t open until later on this summer.
Pflugerville city leaders and Hawaiian Falls general manager, Evan Barnett, celebrated the water park’s opening, and at 11:30 a.m. season pass holders were let in ahead of the general public at noon.
With the threat of severe weather in the area on Monday, there could be some rain delays. According to Hawaiian Falls website, its weather policy is if it rains for more than 15 minutes, or if attractions are closed because of the weather, paid guest will get a complimentary ticket. The website said even if the park stays open, customers will get a free return ticket.
It does not include season passes or bad weather after 4 p.m.
There is a legal issue with a construction company that claims the water park did not pay them for work. Grand Republic Construction’s owner, Ed Albrecht, said it was hired for dirt work which also included digging some pools and the lazy river. He said three invoices were paid but that it stopped with more than $91,000 unpaid.
Public records show Albrecht filed a mechanic’s lien in May, to try and get money back.
Hawaiin Falls issued a statement to KXAN in an email:
Grand Republic is in breach of contract as they did not fulfill their obligations. We have tried to work with them towards a resolution, but they chose to be confrontational. They are one of nearly 200 contractors on this $23.5 million project, nearly half of which is being paid to local contractors. We will continue to work towards a resolution or let a court of law determine the validity of their claim.
– -David Alvey
– -Hawaiian Falls spokesman
Hawaiian Falls supervisors dispute how much is owed. Albrecht said the company did offer to settle, but for less than what he was owed and he refused the offer.
Despite the delays and legal issue, the park expects to open for business.
The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) secured funding to get Hawaiian Falls to the area. Last month PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers said some of the money made at the park will go back to the corporation to help pay the debt. He said revenue from the other six parks Hawaiian Falls operates in Texas have contributed to the Pflugerville location while it’s been closed because of the delays.