WACO - Hawaiian Falls Waco debuted a remodeled slide, The Rush, when it opened to the public in May 2013, but a new 2,500-sf children’s play area will remain under construction. The Rush is a dark, coiling two-person tube ride.
The transformed Rush features music, lights and misters designed for the “tween” crowd. Tweens can control what they listen to on the way down.
Hawaiian Falls, which operates five water parks in Texas, is spending $350,000 on the improvements and additions, company president David Busch said.
Workers have poured the concrete base for the new children’s area called Waikiki Waterworks. It will feature 12 different sprayers and gushers to dance and play under.
Emily Bennett, marketing director for Hawaiian Falls, said season pass sales for the Waco park are up 29 percent over this time in 2012, but that was to be expected.
The City of Waco recruited Hawaiian Falls in 2011 to renovate, expand and operate its city-built water park at 900 Lake Shore Dr. under a long-term lease. Hawaiian Falls Waco opened on Memorial Day weekend 2012 and saw 145,000 visitors — 5,000 more than projected — before Labor Day.
Waco spent $2.5 million in city funds and Hawaiian Falls spent $4.2 million to add two six-story slide complexes, a large wave pool, a quarter-mile “lazy river” and other attractions to the existing water park.
Under the deal with Hawaiian Falls, the city received $25,000 in lease payments the first year and will get $50,000 for years two through five, and 5 percent of gross revenue after that.
Last season, Hawaiian Falls Waco sold more than 5,000 season passes. The park pulled a lot of visitors to Waco from the north Austin area last year, and Busch said he hopes to draw even more by spending $50,000 to market the park in that region.
More information: Go to www.hfalls.com/waco
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