Water parks are a treat for all who live and visit Central Texas. But for some reason, two of them are falling on troubles in the Austin area, Hawaiian Falls is one.
“There are three payments for this year that have not been paid,” said Amy Madison, Executive Director of the Pflugerville Community Development Cooperation.
The park's operator Source Horizon was responsible for making those $132,026 a month payments, missing those, put them behind. Thursday, the Pflugerville City Council had no choice but to find another operator. They are now transferring the lease to Typhoon Texas.
“We obviously would rather see it operating than shuttered,” said Amy Madison.
The water park woes don't stop there. After being open only a month, Austin's Nland Surf Park was forced to close for repairs. But there is some hope on the horizon. Round Rock city council is putting the financial touches on its upcoming attraction, Kalahari Resort.
“The Kalahari Resort and Convention Center will be an amazing project for the city, really help diversify our economy significantly.
Thursday night round rock city council voted to move forward with several financial agreements that would put the resort and water park just off Highway 79 near the Dell Diamond.
“It'll be a nearly 1,000 room hotel, that's bigger than the Austin Hilton across the street in Downtown Austin from their convention center.
“Nland Surf Park” is closed until further notice, Hawaiian Falls will reopen, just with a new operator who they expect to pay the bills, and round rock is on its way to building a large resort and water park that could attract thousands.
The project for the Kalahari Resort cost $350 million all paid for by the company itself.
As for Hawaiian Falls, the new park will open in May and will be called Typhoon Texas Waterpark.