Grapevine council approves zoning variances for new Stand Rock water park


Grapevine City Council approved attraction overlays for the new Stand Rock Resort and water park in Grapevine on Dec. 18, marking a step forward in the development initially approved in 2016.

Stand Rock will be Grapevine’s third water park, and it will be located within 3 miles of the city’s two other water parks and resorts, Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan Resort, at 3509 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine.

The project is expected to cost approximately $330 million.

The attraction overlay provides for variances not permitted under the current zoning, such as for height restrictions and entertainment options such as outdoor dining, miniature bowling and a ropes course.

“Stand Rock Grapevine will establish a competitive advantage by designing distinctly different and a significantly broader array of amenities than those that exist today at other water parks within the area,” a letter from Stand Rock to the city of Grapevine dated Dec. 7 said.

The amenities mentioned include expansive waterslide offerings, an entertainment center and Texas-themed guest rooms, according to the letter, citing the resort design is inspired by Grapevine history.

“The rugged pioneer style takes its design cues from the culture and geography of North Texas,” the letter states. “The conceptual design for the Grapevine project utilizes Spanish Mission architecture. The resort interior design will reflect the various cultures and lifestyle of the people that have historically called Grapevine home.”

Applicant Stu Zadra said the resort would have a restaurant, buffets and a snack bar in his presentation at the meeting. He said despite the proximity to other resorts, he assured the council Stand Rock “competes effectively.”

“We target a different demographic [than Great Wolf Lodge],” Zadra said. “[Great Wolf Lodge tends] to target a younger demographic; we are compatible with tweens and teens and also the corporate market.”

In addition to the hotel, the resort will also have timeshare condominiums available.

The planning and zoning commission and the council expressed some concerns with the proposed height of the signs for the development but also expressed their enthusiasm for the resort as a whole.

“It’s a great project,” Council Member Mike Lease said. “I can hardly wait.”

Zadra said he expects the hotel to open in 2021 and the timeshare element to open in 2022.

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  1. Does Grapevine need another hotel water park?
    I would much rather see a water park without a hotel that locals and visitors could use without paying $200-$300 for a hotel room.

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Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.
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