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Epic indeed: Massive water park opens this weekend

Could you handle a 53-foot water slide without screaming? We took the challenge!

After four and a half years of building and construction the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, billed as a 'cruise-ship on land,' will open its doors in Grand Prairie to the public on Jan. 12. The water park will host 11 water slides, an outdoor wave pool, a children's area, cafe, full-service bar and more.
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After four and a half years of building and construction the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, billed as a 'cruise-ship on land,' will open its doors in Grand Prairie to the public on Jan. 12. The water park will host 11 water slides, an outdoor wave pool, a children's area, cafe, full-service bar and more.

No matter how cold it gets this weekend, people will be sliding, jumping and swimming at the Epic Waters indoor park in Grand Prairie.

The $88 million indoor water park, which has a retractable roof, opens Friday at 2970 Epic Place in Grand Prairie. It’s a month later than the city had planned, thanks to construction delays. But that didn’t dampen enthusiasm Monday as the city celebrated media day for the 80,000-square-foot water park.

“This is the culmination of a vision four-and-a-half years in the making,” said Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen. “It’s a historic time for Grand Prairie.”

Jensen said the growth would not have been possible were it not for the President George Bush Turnpike nearby. The highway also attracted Ikea, which opened last month, and more commercial development is on the way.

“The George Bush opened and came through our city; it split us in half, but it opened 700 acres of developable land,” Jensen added. “Without that, we wouldn’t have IKEA; we would not have been able to create this vision.”

Inside the park is what is billed as the longest lazy river in Texas, stretching more than 650 feet. It also has an outdoor wave pool, and a double surf simulator. Of the 11 slides located in the mammoth aqua park, three are the first of their kind. The facility also will have a 6,000-square-foot arcade, restaurant, and bar.

The retractable roof will save energy over the long run, because the park will use less air conditioning and dehumidifying on hot, humid days.

“This is a city with a vision,” said Rick Coleman vice president of American Resort Management, who operates the facility. “You have a resort-quality indoor water park that is municipally owned and affordable to everyone. And in the winter, when you need a roof over your head to enjoy the aquatic facilities, we do not require you have a hotel room to come enjoy Epic Waters.”

The hotel to which Coleman refers is the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, which has an indoor water park but requires guests to stay in the hotel.

Attendees and thrill seekers who visit Epic Waters will want to try:

The Lasso Loop. It’s the nation’s tallest indoor Aqualoop, standing 70 feet high. Riders zoom through a translucent slide at a high-speed, 45-degree angle before plunging into the water below.

The Yellowjacket Drop is the first indoor combination of the Boomerango and Constrictor, an enclosed slide that an inner-tube rider will serpentine through to an open drop, which will send you high up onto a wall, giving the rider a sense of zero gravity.

The Aquanaut is the first indoor double rider Aquasphere inner-tube ride. It’s an inner tube slide that takes riders up high banking domes within the slide.

The Prairie Plunge is an enclosed body slide that hides an open 50-foot drop into the run below, with speeds up to 40 mph.

In addition to Epic Waters — included in the total cost — are other amenities being finished in the area, including the Grand Lawn Amphitheater, which is scheduled to open March 4.

“It can seat 200 people all the way to 10,000 depending on its configuration,” said Rick Herold, city parks director.

Scheduled to open in May is The Epic, a 128,000-square-foot facility with a full gym, $1 million in fitness equipment, a futsal court, an adventure track and a CrossFit area.

“It’s recreation reimagined,” said Herold. “When you would go to a rec center, you’d want to play volleyball or basketball or fitness of some sort, but this is much more. We’ll have a professional recording studio, opportunities for kids who are into dance to theater, or if they’re into culinary arts, they can learn there. It’s an incredible facility.”

There also will be a library book vending machine and a cafe.

The facility will have a swimming area for exercise and rehabilitation, with a hot tub, lap area, and underwater treadmills and trampolines.

“In late 2018 we will open PlayGrand Adventure, Texas’ largest all-inclusive playground,” said Herold. “We expect 250,000 people a year to visit the park.”

Epic Waters offers discounts for Grand Prairie residents.

The city already has reserved hundreds of birthday parties and sold season passes.

“In short, there’s never been a better time to live, work and play in Grand Prairie,” Jensen said.

Epic Waters, an indoor water park in Grand Prairie, has a retractable roof, 11 slides, an outdoor wave pool, a Texas-sized lazy river and more.



Nicholas Sakelaris contributed to this report.

Lance Winter: 817-390-7274

Twitter: @LanceWinter

If you go

Daily admission

Under 48 inches tall: $14 / Non-resident $24

Over 48 inches tall: $19 / Non-resident $29

Spectator (No swimming or participating): $5 / Non-resident $9

Children 3 and younger: Free

Proof of valid Grand Prairie residency must be provided upon purchase and/or use of passes

Year-round annual pass

Individual: $199 per pass / Non-resident $239 per pass

Family 4-Pack: $174.75 per pass / Non-resident $199.75 per pass

Family 4-Pack add-On: $129 per pass / Non-resident $169 per pass

Children 3 and younger: Free

Proof of valid Grand Prairie residency must be provided upon purchase and/or use of passes

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