Grapevine council approves zoning variances for new Stand Rock water park

This illustration to the Grapevine City Council shows the monument sign designed for Stand Rock's Grapevine resort.

This illustration to the Grapevine City Council shows the monument sign designed for Stand Rock's Grapevine resort.

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.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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