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 J.B. Smith
Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte Hawaiian Falls vice president Mike Prince presents a sketch of the proposed adventure park at a recent Parks and Recreation Board meeting.
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.
By Cristina Peña
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.
Pflugerville City Council approved a special zoning district and funding for the Hawaiian Falls water and adventure park Oct. 29. That puts it one step closer to being built near the southwest corner of state Highway 130 and FM 685.
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
By Barbara Schwarz
MANSFIELD (KRLD) – The Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield and White Settlement may be getting a huge addition.
The waterparks are open from Memorial to Labor day, but if president and Founder David Busch has his way, they’ll be open year round and also become adventure parks.
KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz spoke to Busch about the waterpark’s plans.
Modesty Matters 2013, Hawaiian Falls Mansfield
Modesty Matters was an event on September 7 at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in Mansfield, Texas featuring two-time Grammy nominated artist Sanctus Real, Leah Darrow from America’s Next Top Model, and Hall of Fame wrestler and film/television actor Steve “Sting” Borden. The event was produced to provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate the virtue of modesty in the midst of the waterslide-racing, pool-splashing summer fun of a popular waterpark.
Song credit goes to Sanctus Real and EMI. No copyright infringement intended.
By Lauren D’Avolio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Biblical virtue of modesty – in word, deed and thought – was extoled Saturday at a special event at the Mansfield location of Hawaiian Falls waterpark.
Modesty Matters at Hawaiian Falls, Mansfield.
“Modesty Matters” provided an opportunity for the community to celebrate modesty in the midst of the waterslide-racing, pool-splashing summer fun of a family-oriented, Bible-exhorting waterpark. Celebrities included two-time Grammy-nominated artist Sanctus Real, Leah Darrow, formerly of “America’s Next Top Model” and current international speaker and Steve “Sting” Borden, a Hall of Fame professional Wrestler and film and TV actor.
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Leah Darrow is dressed in a stunning off-white blouse and stylish knee-length, multi-colored skirt. Her beauty – which won her the stage on the likes of America’s Next Top Model – shines through in her down-to-earth personality, which easily ingratiates her with just about anyone.
Leah Darrow courtesy Modesty Matters.
Something else that makes her so endearing: a book she co-authored called “Decent Exposure” that’s coming out in the next few weeks, her month-old baby – her first, named Agnes Regina – and her husband, Ricky Soldinie. The three live in Denver but came to Dallas this weekend so Darrow could speak at Modesty Matters – a Bible-based event at the Mansfield location of Hawaiian Falls. (The founder of Hawaiian Falls, David Busch, has strong Biblical values that trickle into every part of the five Hawaiian Falls parks around North and Central Texas.)
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