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March 27, 2013

Water works

Construction progresses on new water park

By BRIAN SMITH

HUDSON OAKS — While much of the work is hard to see from the surrounding roads, construction continues to move at a frenetic pace on the Splash Kingdom Waterpark scheduled to open this spring.

Assistant City Administrator Patrick Lawler said after several weeks of dirt work, construction on the buildings and parking lot that will make up the park began in early March to the west of the City Lights Theatre.

“People say they’re not seeing much work being done, but we’ve been going since we had that groundbreaking in January,” Lawler said.

The work is going on behind a massive hill that is part of the original landscape that Splash Kingdom Waterpark President Johnny Blevins liked and made him want to build here to begin with, Lawler said.

Much of the original landscaping was kept intact to help remind visitors of a time gone by. The park, which will have a wild west theme in every aspect, is expected to bring more than 100,000 visitors to the area in its first year.

“It’s exciting for us as a city and as an area as a whole,” Lawler said. “It will give everyone a feel for what the true Parker County is. ”

Once the park is open, visitors will be greeted with a general store-style building that will house a concession stand. Across the breezeway will be an Old West-style jail, which will house ticket takers and a small gift shop. The focal point of the entry, however, will be a 30-foot high clock tower that will continue the focus on the Old West.

Next to the entrance will be a building that has first aid, lockerrooms, restrooms and offices. The positioning of the offices on the second floor of the building will enable workers to be able to see problems throughout the 10-acre park and address them quickly.

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