It appears that Six Flags Hurricane Harbor doesn’t want to be outdone by its sister park, Six Flags Over Texas, across Interstate 30 in Arlington.The water park said Wednesday it will open Wahoo Racer, a multilane water slide complex, in the summer. Standing almost 60 feet, it will be the largest slide of its kind in the world, Hurricane Harbor said.Last summer, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington opened the Texas SkyScreamer, the world’s tallest swing ride at 402 feet, 10 inches.Six Flags describes the Wahoo Racer as a two-tiered slide mat racer that sends riders on an intense, winding stretch through colorful tubes before shooting them out into six racing-track-style lanes.From there, riders go headfirst at speeds up to 40 feet per second on aerodynamically designed water toboggans for the final stretch. The ride, made by WhiteWater West Industries, can handle 150 riders per lane every hour, Six Flags says. “This massive slide structure is a great addition to our park,” Hurricane Harbor President Steve Martindale said. “No other water park in North Texas offers this much thrilling variety and we are committed to delivering a bigger, better and wetter experience to guests of all ages."Hurricane Harbor is also adding a retail location, season-pass processing facility and redesigned restrooms this summer.The park opens May 10, and the new ride will open for the Memorial Day weekend.More retailers headed to Alliance Town CenterMore retailers are lined up for Alliance Town Center in north Fort Worth.A Haverty’s furniture store and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse are scheduled to open on Labor Day weekend at the shopping center, Interstate 35W and Heritage Trace Parkway.And recently, Men’s Warehouse and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses were landed as tenants, according to Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., which is developing the shopping center in a joint venture with Hillwood Property.DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, which sells branded footwear and accessories, will go into a 15,000-square-foot location being built just south of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Construction is being completed on a 35,000-square-foot store for Haverty’s, near the new DSW store.Men’s Warehouse, which sells men’s clothing, furnishings, accessories and shoes, has signed a 10-year lease for 5,500 square feet. And America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses has signed a five-year lease for 3,122 square feet. Opening dates for those two stores were not available.Also, Carter’s and OshKosh, which sells children’s clothing, have signed 10-year leases for 4,030 square feet and 2,506 square feet respectively. Cold Stone Creamery, Lane Bryant and H&R Block will also open this year.Trademark said it has also begun pre-leasing on a 150,000-square-foot “Main Street” expansion, which is scheduled to open in 2015. The expansion will feature specialty retail and restaurants.When completed, Alliance Town Center will have 1.3 million square feet of retail, restaurants and entertainment. It’s part of Hillwood’s 18,000-acre AllianceTexas master-planned development.
Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Twitter: @jimfuquay Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 Twitter: @bshlachter