Monday, November 22, 2010
Hawaiian Falls in Roanoke will have “world’s largest aqua play structure”
It's scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2011.
ROANOKE The Roanoke Fire Department delivered the first wave to the new Hawaiian Falls Roanoke during a special ceremony with a host of city and civic leaders attending Monday. The 300-foot plume of water launched from a Roanoke Fire Department hook and ladder rig signaled the beginning of construction on the 10-acre waterpark. Located on Byron Nelson Boulevard, Hawaiian Falls is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2011.
“We’re honored to bring Hawaiian Falls’ brand of family entertainment to Roanoke,” said David Busch, president and CEO of Hawaiian Falls. “Our goal is to bring families closer together through good, clean family fun. We want to be a good corporate citizen and hope our waterpark will become a favorite place to create lasting memories.”
The $10 million waterpark is a joint venture between Hawaiian Falls and the City of Roanoke. The city will own the park and Hawaiian Falls will operate it under a long-term lease.
"We welcome this exciting new project and the many new opportunities it represents,” stated Roanoke Mayor Carl E. "Scooter" Gierisch, Jr. “Hawaiian Falls will provide family fun and recreation for all of our residents. We are particularly excited to have a business partner like Hawaiian Falls that centers their business around those that we hold most dear to us."
At the heart of Hawaiian Falls Roanoke will be Water World, the world’s largest aqua play structure. The six-story interactive playground will have 20 slides, including a three-lane racer, a family raft ride and several body slides, 500-gallon and 1,000-gallon dump buckets, numerous interactive pulleys, wheels, and water features. In addition, the park will have a 16,000-square-foot wavepool, a lazy river with rapids and geysers, and a water walkway.
Hawaiian Falls Roanoke will employ about 175 people during the season. It will also contribute an estimated $10 million annually to the local economy. The park expects to attract about 175,000 guests each year.
Hawaiian Falls Roanoke will host “Dive-In” movies and concerts during the season, and will offer private cabanas for daily rental, corporate picnic and group areas, birthday party rooms, and a variety of food and beverage options.
Season passes for 2011 will go on sale beginning Monday, November 22 at www.hfalls.com. Season passes are valid for daily admission to all four area Hawaiian Falls parks at no additional charge. Daily admission prices are expected to be $23.99 for adults; $15.99 seniors (60 years and older) and children under 48 inches tall. Children two and under will be admitted free with a parent or guardian.
Hawaiian Falls Roanoke’s regular operating schedule will be daily 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. In addition to Roanoke, Hawaiian Falls operates waterparks in Garland, Mansfield, and The Colony.
Source: Hawaiian Falls
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