Water park expansion in Round Rock almost complete

The City of Round Rock is almost finished with its Rock 'N River Water Park.

"This summer get your swimsuit ready. You'll have a brand new, state-of-the-art water park to jump into," said Roger Heaney with the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department.

Construction crews are hard at work trying to complete the Rock 'N River Water Park before the summer swim season.

"We actually had the first phase of Rock 'N River open several years ago and then our residents voted on a bond election a couple years ago to actually expand the original Rock 'N River that you see today," Heaney said.

Renovations will add new water features to the existing park and all ideas were suggested by people who live in the area.

"One of the things you see, like no other water park, we actually built a rock climbing wall where you can literally jump from a platform that's 10 feet into a 12 foot pool. You can also actually rock climb the side of a wall and if you fall, you fall into the water," said Heaney. 

The park will have a leisure lagoon with a swim-up bar where people can order snacks and drinks. It will also have a food truck circle and a state-of-the-art spray ground with three brand new slides.

"This new expansion to Rock 'N River Water Park makes it a completely different game changer. Literally, when you walk in it will resemble a full-scale water park with lots of amazing things to do," said Heaney.

The city of round rock hopes the expansion is big enough to cater to the thousands of people who visited the previous Rock 'N River.

"The original Rock 'N River maxes out every summer. Sometimes we're at capacity and we have to hold people off and we have to let people out before more people can come in, but with this new expansion it more than doubles the size, almost near quadruples the size, of the existing Rock 'N River and there'll be so much more for people to do," Heaney said. 

Because it was built by the city and funded by an $8.1 million bond it will be more affordable than other nearby water parks.

"We don't think there'll be competition. I think a lot of our Round Rock residents go to other water parks as well, but this one that we're building now, the expansion to it, actually will mirror very much to other water parks here in Central Texas and we expect to attract people from all over Austin and all over the Central Texas area," said Heaney. 

The park is located at 3300 Palm Valley Boulevard near Old Settler's Park and Dell Diamond.

Round Rock staff said so far construction is ahead of schedule and the park will be completed by this summer. Hours of operation and prices haven't been announced yet. That is something the Round Rock City Council will vote on in upcoming meetings.

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