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Splash Dayz Water Park to have grand opening next month in White Settlement

Guests drift through the lazy river at Hawaiian Falls in White Settlement on June 5, 2014.
Guests drift through the lazy river at Hawaiian Falls in White Settlement on June 5, 2014. Star-Telegram

Just over two years ago, Hawaiian Falls Water Parks & Adventure Parks, which has been in business throughout north and central Texas for more than a decade, opened its newest facility in White Settlement.

This summer, however, the park will be operating under a different name — Splash Dayz Water Park — and with new(ish) ownership: the city of White Settlement itself. (The water park’s previous incarnation was a joint venture between the city and Hawaiian Falls.)

Splash Dayz will hold its grand re-opening July 1, with first-come, first-serve free admission for patrons. Z’s Cafe and Catering has been tapped as the primary food and beverage vendor for the newly renamed park’s four concession areas (Splash Dayz, in a statement, promised “overall pricing on admission, food and beverage will be lower than in previous years”).

The water park will remain alcohol-free, but patrons will be allowed to bring in outside food and drink (no fast food or prepared food) in a small cooler for a one-time $10 surcharge or with a $30 summer-long “cooler pass.”

The transition from Hawaiian Falls to Splash Dayz was swift, according to city officials.

The move was instigated after White Settlement claimed Hawaiian Falls fell behind on its rent payments, and owed the city more than $900,000.

The city of White Settlement terminated its agreement with Hawaiian Falls on April 21, a few weeks shy of its two-year anniversary (the White Settlement Hawaiian Falls held its grand opening June 5, 2014, after inclement weather delayed construction work — the Star-Telegram paid a visit to the park’s attractions about five weeks after it opened).

“The park was in shambles when Hawaiian Falls left, but our city employees and staff mobilized to do six months of work in 60 days,” said city manager Jim Ryan in a statement. “We have truly moved mountains.” (Although the city claims it “made the necessary repairs to ensure [the park] would open,” it did not elaborate in its statement as to what was in need of repair.)

Hawaiian Falls, which continues to own and operate parks in six other Texas cities (Garland, the Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco and Pflugerville), says it tried “to partner with the City to find a long-term resolution and ensure the best possible outcome for White Settlement and its residents.”

Hawaiian Falls spokesman David Alvey provided a statement to the Star-Telegram which says that, while its now-terminated agreement with the city of White Settlement was “designed under Hawaiian Falls’ previous owners, it was the intent of the new ownership and management to work with the city to operate and grow the park.”

Alvey says, in a statement that the White Settlement Hawaiian Falls had hired more than 150 seasonal employees with training “already underway,” when the city terminated its agreement with the company that opened its first water park in Garland in 2003.

“Hawaiian Falls denies the city’s claims that the White Settlement park was in disrepair,” Alvey says in a statement. “We were working faithfully to have the park ready to open Memorial Day weekend. Every waterpark takes freshening up in the offseason to be ready to open for the summer season. All work could have been completed to meet that deadline.”

Alvey said the White Settlement Hawaiian Falls “operated at a loss since opening in 2014,” but the company was “committed to operating and growing the park,” citing “significant investments in the park above and beyond its original agreement with the city” and “great strides in improving the park’s financial performance.”

With the metaphorical waters now seeming calm, Splash Dayz Water Park will proceed with its re-opening July 1. Park hours will be from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 21, when Splash Dayz will move to weekend-only hours through Labor Day.

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones

Splash Dayz Water Park

8905 Clifford St.

White Settlement, TX

splashdayzws.com

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