Official: Hawaiian Falls will not open Memorial Day weekend

Updated Tuesday, May 20 at 2:38 p.m.

Park officials confirmed May 20 that Pflugerville's Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park will not open as planned by Memorial Day weekend, May 24–26.

The park's grand opening has been rescheduled for noon on Friday, June 6. It is possible the date may change, however, as construction is ongoing.

Severe thunderstorms during the week of May 11 disrupted the park's construction schedule, which was already 28 days behind because of delays caused by this year's winter weather. More inclement weather could extend the delay.

Hawaiian Falls spokesman David Alvey said the recent rain prevented crews from laying concrete. The storms also waterlogged the soil on the construction site, forcing crews to spend two days pumping rainwater out of the ground.

"We really don't want to disappoint people," Alvey said. "It's in our best interest as well as the public's to get the park open, but we're not going to rush it past what is reasonably safe."

Alvey said Hawaiian Falls will compensate season pass holders by extending the season for those customers. Pre-purchased passes for Hawaiian Falls were meant to guarantee park access from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Sept. 1. The park has sold more than 2,400 passes to Pflugerville residents.

To make up for lost days at the beginning of the season, the park will stay open exclusively for pass holders beyond Labor Day by the same number of days the opening is delayed past May 24.

"We promised May 24 in good faith, and that's what we've been working toward," Alvey said. "If it's a week or two weeks past May 24, that's how far we'll extend their season past Labor Day."

Delay not expected to be a financial hit

Leaders of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, which owns the park and funded it through a loan, said the delay will not have a significant effect on the park's ability to pay back the PCDC.

The PCDC pays down the loan monthly and is reimbursed by Hawaiian Falls, said PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers. The delay will mean less money for the park in the short term, but it will not threaten the financial arrangement between Hawaiian Falls and the PCDC, Akers said.

"They can easily make their payments on the [bank] notes with a month's operations, and the first payment isn't even due until July," Akers said, adding that the park will start making "real money" once local schools close for summer.

Akers also pointed out that Hawaiian Falls is a statewide company with multiple water parks and thus multiple sources of revenue. If the Pflugerville park's revenues disappoint for whatever reason, Hawaiian Falls will still be able to make its payments by drawing on its other properties, Akers said.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect confirmations made by Hawaiian Falls regarding the park's opening and the company's plans for season pass holders.


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