Plans for a new water park in this are have been in development for a number of years, but the recent approvals could help bring the park to the city by 2012.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to develop our new upscale waterpark retreat concept right here in Cedar Park,” explained Jeff Henry, principal for the Schlitterbahn Development Group. “Our team has been working on the creation and design of this world-class destination for more than two years and we are excited to be announcing this project today. Without the support of the local government, the realization of this dream could not have become a reality.”
According to news reports and city documents, the planned water park would:
- Be located about halfway between highway 183 and I-35, in the area between Parmer Lane and Raley Road
- Include a 230-room hotel and conference center
- Provide 160,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space
- Be complete by 2012
- Create more than 1,000 jobs
As part of the water park plans, Cedar Park would:
- Spend up to $6 million in sales tax revenue for roads and sewer lines around the area
- Share sales tax, property tax, and hotel occupancy tax revenue with Schlitterbahn
Schlitterbahn released the following additional information:
Located just minutes west of IH 35 on FM 1431, the initial Schlitterbahn Cedar Park Waterpark build out is a $75 million, 67-acre, year-round entertainment destination that will appeal to vacationing families and business travelers alike. Once complete, the entire project will span more than 95 acres and cost more than $360 million.
The Schlitterbahn Boutique™ Hotel and Conference Center is expected to entertain hundreds of thousands of guests per year and will create several thousand jobs, providing an economic boost to the region.
The Cedar Park project is the fifth expansion for the popular Schlitterbahn group of waterparks. Schlitterbahn currently operates three Texas water-based destinations – Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Galveston Island and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels.
The Cedar Park partnership is a collaboration of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, along with entrepreneur Rick Redmond, current owner of Volente Beach Waterpark, the Principals of Suntex Ventures, LLC and Garrett-Ihnen Civil Engineers. Volente Beach will close after their 2011 season.
Do you live in Vista Oaks, Sweet Farms, Mayfield Ranch, Hidden Glen, Ranch at Brushy Creek, Sendero Springs, Behrens Ranch, or other communities near the border between Cedar Park and Round Rock? What do you think about the water park plans near you?