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Mar 6, 2014 4:23 PM by Sara Donchey

Schlitterbahn Says Water Park on Track for June Opening

PADRE ISLAND -- Schlitterbahn management says that in spite of all the cold and rainy winter weather, construction on the water park is nearing completion, and they expect to be open to the public by June.

Steven Tyson, the Assistant Project Manager, has been working on the job site for the past eight months, and said they've already made sweeping progress.

"It's been an incredible experience to be here and see how the land's transformed from just a golf course and sand--and now--we're standing in a river."

From the looks of it, the job site is still relatively rough looking. But management is confident that the construction site will be transformed by the time summer rolls around.

For those familiar with Schlitterbahn parks, Tyson says this park will hold its own compared to the others across the state in terms of size and amenities.

"It's not quite a New Braunfels size but it is bigger than (the) South Padre or Galveston (parks)."

If you think about it, the construction site is a lot like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. And every piece at the Padre Island location of Schlitterbahn, it seems, has an interesting history.

Workers have salvaged and recycled a variety of materials that will be used around the park.

They've taken ropes from de-commissioned ships to use as decorative pieces on rides. They'll also be placing recycled lifeguard boats around the park.

Even some of the wood they're using to build with is recycled from the fire in Bastrop, Texas in 2011.

And Tyson said all these pieces are falling together quickly--in fact, they're about 75 percent finished with the water park.

"We've got a couple more months here to finish out that 25 percent and get it open this summer, and we're gonna do it."


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