Pflugerville waterpark will reopen under new name, operator

Diamond head drop ride at Hawaiian Falls
FILE - Diamond head drop ride at Hawaiian Falls (KXAN File Photo)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — City Council approved a transfer of the lease of Hawaiian Falls waterpark to a new operator.

The park will open under a new name, Typhoon Texas Waterpark, in May 2017 with a multi-million dollar transformation, city officials said.

The city and community development corporation say they expect to finalize an agreement soon that will allow the new operator to break ground quickly on the renovation project.

“The Pflugerville waterpark needed investment and changes to be successful. After exploring options for more than a year with our partners at the city of Pflugerville, we believe we have found the right operator who shares our vision for the park,” PCDC Executive Director Amy Madison said. “The Typhoon Texas team has the capital, the leadership and the proven track record to turn around this waterpark.”

Madison says the deal has allowed them to keep hundreds of seasonal jobs in Pflugerville and protect an asset that brings significant economic benefits.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales said, “We’ve known that with the right operator, this waterpark could be a beautiful, safe and family-friendly destination for residents and visitors in Pflugerville, and we’re so pleased to now have Typhoon Texas at the helm.”

Typhoon Texas owns and operates a waterpark west of Houston in Katy. Co-owners Ray DeLaughter, Keith Dalton and Terry Hlavinka say a large play area for younger children will be among the added attractions and improvements at the Pflugerville location.

Tuesday, KXAN reported Hawaiian Falls was in a legal limbo after its management company failed to make bank payments, owing nearly $400,000.