Hawaiian Falls in Roanoke to reopen May 29 after proclamation by governor

A proclamation issued May 26 by Gov. Greg Abbott will enable water parks across Texas to reopen under Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 reopening plan. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
A proclamation issued May 26 by Gov. Greg Abbott will enable water parks across Texas to reopen under Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 reopening plan. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

A proclamation issued May 26 by Gov. Greg Abbott will enable water parks across Texas to reopen under Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 reopening plan. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

A proclamation issued May 26 by Gov. Greg Abbott will enable water parks across Texas to reopen under Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.

Water parks can reopen but must limit guests to 25% of the park’s normal operating limits, according to the proclamation. Officials with Hawaiian Falls Waterparks in Roanoke announced that the park will open for the summer season beginning May 29.

“We have taken additional health and safety measures to protect [guests] and our staff,” officials said. “[Guests] must follow all posted instructions while visiting Hawaiian Falls.”

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for guests, all Hawaiian Falls will ask guests to self-screen and to remain home if they are sick.

Additional precautions include staff screenings; enhanced sanitation during and after park hours; and social distancing at the front gate, park cafes and other areas where lines form, according to the Hawaiian Falls Roanoke website.


“We encourage guests to purchase tickets on hfalls.com to reduce points of contact,” the website says. “When visiting the park, we ask that you pay with debit or credit cards rather than cash.”

Park guests will be provided safe methods to conduct food orders, and face masks will be required for all employees.

The park will operate via “modified slide loading,” and signage will be posted throughout the park to ensure social distancing at restaurants; stores; restrooms; and during activities that create long lines, such as ticket processing and bag checks, the website says.

“We are working closely with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, and local authorities to implement procedures for our operations,” officials said.

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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