Why Grand Prairie plans to open a water park in November

Grand Prairie’s Epic Waters indoor water park is being built at 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway.
Grand Prairie’s Epic Waters indoor water park is being built at 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway.

How’s this for a head-scratcher?

A new water park will open in DFW in November.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark’s blue sliding roof panels and cupola are already visible to travelers down Texas 360, south of I-20, and when finished, the 80,000-square-foot park will be one of four destinations in the City of Grand Prairie’s Grand Central project.

American Resort Management, of Erie, Pa., will manage park operations once it is opened, but the latest construction milestone came last week when Canadian retractable roof specialist OpenAire finsihed installing 36 motorized roof panels that will open to fresh air in the summer months and close during cooler or inclement weather, allowing the turnstiles to bring crowds in year-round.

Curved, colorful waterslides that snake along outside the covered structure are going in as well. With features like the Lasso Loop, which designer WhiteWater West claims will be the tallest aqua loop in the nation, the Yellowjacket Drop and the Aquanaut, it appears Grand Prairie is taking its water park a step further than the average city-owned Hawaiian Falls.

For scope, the project, which is being built about 10 miles south of Hurricane Harbor, is just about twice the size, in total, of the Six Flags water park’s 38,000-square-foot wave pool. Epic Waters will also include an outdoor wave pool, a 4,000-square-foot arcade and a full-service bar.

The Epic recreation center next door to Epic Waters, also part of Grand Prairie’s Grand Central project, will feature a large fitness center, indoor tracks, a digital library and a recording studio

The complex will also feature a 5,000-seat amphitheater and an all-ages playground. It will be woven into a system of more than 2 miles of trails.

Get a slide's eye view as's Preston Jones rides the Twister and the Wahoo Racer at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with GoPro video camera attached in this 2014 video.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817