On a cloudy, cold Saturday morning perfect for curling up by a nice fire, 46 local residents decided instead to go swimming.
Outdoors. In 29-degree water.
Dressed in all manner of colorful clothes and costumes — including a leprechaun and a bearded strongman in a tutu — they took turns jumping into the frigid waters at Waco’s Hawaiian Falls Waterpark.
The event was the fourth annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Texas. Read More»
By David Alvey
February 8th event to benefit Special Olympics of Texas
Hawaiian Falls will host the 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 8th at 900 Lake Shore Drive in Waco for folks who are willing to be “freezing for a reason.” The coolest event of the year benefits the Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX). Participants raise pledges to jump into the unheated pool regardless of the weather conditions or outside temperature. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the Plunge at 11 a.m. sharp. Continue reading
Moving day for historic Pflugerville home
The house was on the Hawaiian Falls property
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – It was moving day for a historic home in Pflugerville.
On Wednesday, the Kennith Bohls house was loaded up and sent on a trip across town. It took construction crews more than half a day to move the home.
The historic home from the 1910′s is moving from its location on the Hawaiian Falls property to Heritage Park at 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.
Heritage Park is already home to the historic Heritage House Museum and the Green Red Barn which is used for the Pfarmers Market and other events.
The water park is expected to open this spring. Read more»
by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — A 23-acre water park is now under construction in Pflugerville on FM 685 near State Highway 130. The ceremonial groundbreaking took place Thursday morning, but it’s not just fun that’s a factor. Read more»
Population expected to increase 400% in 50 years
By Ignacio Garcia
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – In just a few months, Pflugerville will be home to a new water park. It’s just the latest development as the community becomes a major suburb.
The city broke ground on a new water park Thursday and leaders now expect new hotels and other projects to transform the town further.
The Hawaiian Falls adventure park will sit on 25 acres where the SH45 and SH130 toll roads meet. The park is expected to cost $23.5 million, and bring in 300,000 guests per year. Read more»
by Korri Kezar
Officials from Pflugerville and Hawaiian Falls held a ground breaking and luau to kick off construction on a new water and adventure park in the city.
The new Hawaiian Falls location is under construction on 25 acres of land located adjacent to the Stone Hill Town Center between SH 130 and FM 685. Construction is set to be complete in time for Memorial Day 2014.
The park will include two sections; a water park with waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river that can be converted into a kayak course and other amenities; as well as an adventure park with zip lines, rope courses and mazes. A 20,000-square-foot concert and event facility is also planned for the site.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us [to build here],” Hawaiian Falls CEO Dave Bush said. “I’ve never felt more welcome [in a community]. You can feel the excitement. This is not just our job, this is our life, our mission.”
In the next 30 years, the park will bring in approximately $700 million in economic activity to the city, according to estimates from Floyd Akers, executive director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation. Since opening season ticket sales last week, 1,200 have been sold, Akers said. Read more»
By J.B. Smith
The city of Waco will seek input at a public meeting Thursday on a proposal to turn a wooded tract on the Bosque River into an “adventure park” with ziplines and camping.
Hawaiian Falls is proposing to spend $5 million in the next year to build the complex on 31 acres of city-owned land next to its water park on Lake Shore Drive.
The Waco Parks and Recreation Board will review their comments before making a recommendation to the city council, perhaps in January, city parks director Rusty Black said. He said the council could make a decision by February.
Black said Hawaiian Falls president David Busch and construction vice president Mike Prince will present details of the project at the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at the Waco Convention Center’s Bosque Theatre. Read more»
The Pflugerville City Council has approved what is essentially a $23.5 million loan which allows the Hawaiian Parks company to buy land and build a 25-acre water park, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.
The Hawaiian Falls water park, which will be north of Austin at State Highway 130 and FM 685, is set to break ground in early December and is expected to be open for business in the spring. The developer is Horizon Family Holdings.
Austin Business Journal had reported in September that the project had been met by some opposition by citizens who worried that the park would strain both the community’s water resources and that area’s traffic, but city officials said those concerns could be solved.
The 25-acre, $21 million water and amusement park is projected to create a $30 million impact in its first year and employ 300 seasonal workers.
The year-round park would use 10 million gallons of drinking water annually from the city of Pflugerville and would purify and recycle 70 percent of the water on-site, officials said.
In an interview with the ABJ in the Oct. 4 weekly edition, Pflugerville Community Development Corp. Executive Director Floyd Akers outlined the full slate of economic projects in the city’s pipeline.
Hawaiian Falls one step closer to splash down
Council unanimously approves special zoning district.
Austin Community Newspapers Staff
Hawaiian Falls is officially splashing into town after the City Council approved a special zoning district and funding for the park Oct. 29.
The City Council unanimously approved specifications for the park, including adding non-native palm trees and an increased building height, which will allow higher slides and rides at the location.
But this is only the beginning of the work to get the park built. The next steps will be to extend water and wastewater service to the site and finalize preliminary and final plats for the property. The city will also continue to work with the Texas Department of Transportation on a traffic impact analysis. Continue reading