ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A kids’ area, two slides and a lazy river used to be the main attractions at Rock’N River Water Park in Round Rock.
Kevin Kokel brought his kids to the water park a few years ago, but he says he wasn’t impressed. “It just gets really overcrowded.”
The city heard those complaints and decided to more than double the size of Rock’N River. It can now hold up to 1,600 people.
“Before, sometimes we even had to turn residents away in the summertime because we were at capacity,” explains Roger Heaney with the city of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department.
One of the new attractions is “Splashville,” geared toward kids.
“It features four brand new water slides. It also features a huge tipping bucket, where literally every few minutes the bucket dumps over 500 gallons of water,” says Heaney.
The new attractions aren’t just for kids, they’re fun for adults too. “The Quarry” includes a dive platform with a 12 1/2 foot drop, and a rock wall to climb with a pool to catch your fall.
“The Watering Hole” is also new. You can swim up to get drinks and snacks, watch the big game on TV, or lounge in a chair submerged in water.
“We created elements throughout our water park that wasn’t available in other areas throughout Central Texas,” explains Heaney.
The expansion cost $6 million, something voters approved in a 2014 bond election. The city says it’s money well spent.
“I do think at peak times, we could be at capacity,” says Heaney.
Rock’N River Water Park also has a food truck circle to get lunch and dinner. Trucks will rotate throughout the season.
Entry fees are $8 for children and $10 for adults on most days. The city has discounts and scheduling for the water park posted online.
The public is invited to a dedication ceremony and sneak peek walking tour at the new and expanded Rock’N River Water Park this Friday, May 27 from 3-4 p.m at Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Another nearby water park has struggled financially since it’s opening a couple of years ago.
Pflugerville brought Hawaiian Falls water park to town with a city-backed loan of $25 million. Despite positive reviews from city officials, the park opened late and operated at a loss in its first year.
KXAN also reported on significant layoffs in December of 2014.
Then, an Atlanta-based private equity firm bought Hawaiian Falls this time last year, and just a few months ago, Hawaiian Falls defaulted on November and December payments to the city. Still, the park says it’s going to open this Saturday.