Official: Schlitterbahn hopeful for future water park in Cedar Park

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Plans are adrift for a Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts attraction to be in Cedar Park, but a Schlitterbahn representative said the company still hopes the project can proceed.

Since 2006, Schlitterbahn and the city of Cedar Park have discussed a potential water park near the southeast corner of Whitestone Boulevard and Parmer Lane. But Phil Brewer, Cedar Park director of economic development, confirmed that Schlitterbahn’s activity in the city has slid to a halt.

“Right now, Schlitterbahn is completely focused on their Corpus Christi project,” Brewer said.

Winter Prosapio, Schlitterbahn corporate director of communications and government relations, said conversations about a Cedar Park project continue.

“These kinds of things tend to take a lot of different things to come together,” Prosapio said. “They just have not quite meshed yet in Cedar Park. We’d still like to be there.”

In general, a water park needs landowners, investors, the company and the city to be on the same page, she said.

“People think of water parks and don’t realize how expensive they are to build now and how expensive land has become,” Prosapio said.

A January 2010 development agreement among the city, Schlitterbahn and landowner Cedar Park Land outlined plans for a $360 million water park in Cedar Park. Those plans included up to about $86 million of reimbursed taxes and development fees for Schlitterbahn and Cedar Park Land.

Schlitterbahn broke ground on a new park on Padre Island in Corpus Christi in February 2013, and Prosapio said it is expected to open this summer. That park’s progress is another indicator of hope for Cedar Park, she said.

“Corpus Christi took a long time to actually come together as well,” Prosapio said. “It just takes that kind of magic moment when everything comes together.”

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Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.
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