“This is going to be a summer of awesome; that’s our goal and we’ve got a lot of great stuff planned to make it happen.”
Surf’s up again, as Hawaiian Falls Mansfield Waterpark opens May 27 for its 10th. As President Clint Hill said, this year should not only be great, but awesome.
The 11-acre facility operates as a public-private partnership between the City of Mansfield and Hawaiian Falls, which also operates parks in The Colony, Garland, Waco, Pflugerville and Roanoke. Both city leaders and park officials are thrilled to get the new season started.
“Looking ahead to this year, we can’t help but look back on the last 10, and how pleased we have been,” Hill said. “This has been a great relationship for us. The City of Mansfield, and in particular Deputy City Manager Shelly Lanners, has absolutely been the best partner for us and we’ve really enjoyed working together every step along the way. We’re excited to keep moving forward and only improve on that.”
More than 180,000 guests visit the Mansfield waterpark each summer looking for a break from the Texas heat, and 2017 is forecasted to break those numbers across the board.
“Last year we had some tough weather, especially in August, which put a bit of a damper on our season,” said Hill. “By all accounts, this should be an extremely strong summer and we’re ready.”
All those guests need a place to stay, something to eat and help navigating the pools, which boosts the local economy with each cannonball. Hawaiian Falls employs between 225-250 staff members each season, and they are still seeking to fill some positions for this year. Area hotels and restaurants also see a boost, combined with special events at Big League Dreams and the city’s Rockin’ 4th of July event, which brings in thousands of visitors each year.
Hawaiian Falls Mansfield plans to make this summer extra awesome with unique celebrations spread throughout the season. Some celebrate the big days, like a visit from Spiderman timed to match up with the new movie, or a full weekend of pirate games, food and activities when the Pirates of the Caribbean movie is released Memorial Day weekend. Other promotions celebrate the little days, like National Ice Cream Day (July 16) or National Flip Flop Day (June 17). Simple and a bit silly, park officials say, but a great reminder that, especially with kids, often it’s the silly little moments they appreciate the most.
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. 18. The last two weeks of August the park is open weekends only, closing after the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 4.
Tickets are $28.99 for people 48 inches tall and up, and $21.99 for seniors, active duty military and people under 48 inches tall. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free. Season passes, which include perks like earlier admission, food discounts and friend passes, are $89.99 for all ages, but promotional rates may still be in effect for discounts. Hawaiian Falls Waterparks has partnerships with Walgreens, Tom Thumb, Albertsons and Costco Wholesale, all of which offer season passes at discounts of up to $20 per pass.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Hawaiian Falls online.