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March 27, 2013

Water works

Construction progresses on new water park

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Much of the concrete for the entry buildings and parking lot is expected to be poured this week. Once inside, visitors will be carried into the snake pit, a group of five slides that resemble coral snakes. Those snakes will then dump riders into a massive pool that will have a nearby waterfall providing water.

Questions on how much of a drain the water park will be on the city’s water supply have come up. Because of an internal recycling system within the park itself, which will transfer and purify and recycle water among all the rides and attractions, actual water usage by the park will be fairly minimal, Lawler said.

“They will use the same amount of water as a car wash, and that’s for four months out of the year when they are open,” Lawler said. “It will be the equivalent of about 10 residential pools that serve 150,000 people.”

More concessions will be housed in a barn-style building, complete with a sliding door, toward the center of the park. A lazy river will flow throughout the park and be set between caverns on either side. Slides at the top of the park will come out of a water tower made to look like it came from a time 150 years ago.

The racer slides will also be covered by walls to make the rider look like he or she is enclosed during the ride. At the highest part of the park, people can see traffic along I-20 for miles. Lawler said the top of the park, where the racer slides are located, may be one of the nicest areas, as a refreshing breeze will blow even during the hottest months.

“There’s nothing like it on the west side of the Metroplex, that’s for sure,” Lawler said about the park. “People will be able to learn about the area as they are coming through. Having the waterpark here will bring great visibility to the area from the 70,000 cars that pass by here every day.”

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