Visitors to Mansfield’s Hawaiian Falls won’t see any big changes this summer, but there are a lot of little ones.
The water park, which is owned by the city and managed by Hawaiian Falls, is celebrating its ninth summer in Mansfield, and saving up for a big splash for next season, says Clint Hill, who took over as Hawaiian Falls CEO after David Busch retired last summer.
This year, there are several tweaks to the 11-acre park that will make it more user-friendly.
“We have free wi-fi throughout the park so Mom or Dad can work and the kids can play,” Hill said. “We’ve upgraded the lockers to electronic. No more carrying a key on a wristband. There’s a four-digit code that you pick. And three size lockers.
“There’s a lot more shade structures, more seating, beach chairs and a reserved area where you can sit for $25-$50 a day with a beach canopy and with waiter service, similar to a cabana at a third of the price. The shade flips back so you can get some sun, and it’s in a fenced area so you have a VIP feel.”
The water park also added more full-time staff this summer, going from four to six, plus about 200 seasonal part-time employees, Hill said.
“We always need more lifeguards,” he said. “You can never have enough.”
So what other changes can visitors expect? In the next two weeks, there will be a new sign out front to alert all the drivers on Texas 360, which is currently being widened and converted into a toll road. And next year, look for interactive rides (think sliding and shooting) that will appeal to the 3- to 10-year-old crowd, Hill said.
Mansfield’s water park opened in 2008 and has consistently been one of Hawaiian Falls’ top-performing parks, Hill said. He expects approximately 200,000 visitors this summer in Mansfield, up from last year’s 185,000. A lot of those will be season pass holders, who account for a third of the visits, he said.
Hawaiian Falls also has water parks in The Colony, Garland, Waco, Pflugerville and Roanoke.
“Mansfield is my family’s favorite park even though we live in Frisco,” Hill said. “The attractions here appeal to all ages. You can ride in a single, double or triple tube. None of our other parks have that.”
The Mansfield park’s three-day opening weekend over the Memorial Day holiday brought in more than 4,000 visitors, said Mansfield general manager Jason Martin, up from last year.
Mansfield’s Hawaiian Falls is open from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays until Aug. 21. After that, the park will be open weekends through Labor Day. Season-ticket holders can get in the park starting at 10 a.m.
Day passes are $27.99 for people over 48 inches tall and $20.99 for seniors and people under 48 inches tall. Ages 2 and younger are free. Season passes are $89.99 for all ages.
490 Heritage Parkway
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday