Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to White Settlement annually to visit the Hawaiian Falls entertainment complex, and city officials want to capitalize on potential spending power.
The city has hired a national retail consulting firm, the Retail Coach, to study what types of shopping are needed and where they should go.
“This development along with our growing base of industry and hospitality amenities presents an ideal time to take a proactive approach in shaping our retail environment,” Mayor Jerry Burns said. “We want to identify White Settlement’s additional opportunities for retail expansion, whether that means attracting a new retailer or helping our existing businesses expand their products and services to meet local consumer demand.”
The 16-acre Hawaiian Falls water and adventure park, and the Aloha Conference Center open on Memorial Day weekend at Clifford Street and Loop 820 on land near Veterans Park owned by the city. The park has created more than 250 seasonal jobs and more than 30 year-round jobs, the city said. Read more»
Spring Break 2014 is history for many North Texas school districts. It’s time for parents to start considering summer camps. Susan Kruizinga of Hawaiian Falls Waterparks shares her tips on choosing the right camp for your child with Alexa Conomos
Crowds were not deterred by the weather at the Pickle Parade in Mansfield on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Malcolm Lindsey, 9, blows bubbles on the Hawaiian Falls Water Park float in the parade. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall)
Hawaiian Falls is currently building new adventure park – water park combination parks and Aloha Event Centers in Pflugerville (north of Austin) and White Settlement (northwest of Fort Worth), both of which will open Memorial Day weekend 2014. Hawaiian Falls has doubled its year-round staff over the past two years and will employ more than 1,750 seasonal workers at its seven regional parks this summer. Read more»
The $13m entertainment complex features a 20,000sq.ft indoor family arcade, private party rooms and a restaurant.
The Aloha Conference Centre will seat 400 people for dining and 1,000 for meetings.
Hawaiian Falls will also feature a 10,000sq.ft activity pool with a floating obstacle course, splash pads and water walks. Other attractions include a 1,000ft river and water slides.
The adventure park, which will be open around the year, will also featured multilevel ropes courses, an adventure trail climbing net, military-style obstacle course, rappelling walls and a six-story free-fall attraction.
Hawaiian Falls will employ around 300 seasonal workers during the summer and 100 people year-round. It is expected to attract 300,000 visitors a year.
Staff photos— Rod Aydelotte Participants in the fourth annual Polar Plunge at Waco’s Hawaiian Falls Waterpark jump into frigid waters Saturday, having raised $7,000 in pledges to benefit Special Olympics Texas. The event attracted four dozen people.
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»
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 →