Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

March 20, 2014

Water Park project seeks bidders; targets opening in spring 2015

Corsicana — The target date has changed, but all remains on track for the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park project.

Challenges for contractors being able to meet the project’s original timetable have resulted in a new target opening date of Spring 2015.

That’s the word from Michael Jenkins of Leisure and Recreation Concepts, the Dallas-based developer for the project, a 23-acre family friendly attraction that expects to draw more than 115,000 visitors annually to the Corsicana venue.

With plans and financing agreements in place, and some site work already completed, Jenkins is now hoping to attract renewed interest by local contractors now that the construction deadline has been relaxed.

“That’s the only reason for the delay,” Jenkins said Thursday.

 Jenkins said it had been a goal of the project from its inception to make use of as many local contractors as possible, but some of the responses he’s received in soliciting contractors to bid on the park’s elements is that the work is either too big for them to handle, or the timeline was too aggressive for the bidders to take on.

Jenkins explained it made more business sense to ease the timetable pressure on contractors to complete the work in time for a short season in 2014, and try to attract more local help to finish the park for an early 2015 opening. He said the “early target” for the opening is now April 4, 2015, and the “late target” would be Memorial Day weekend.

“It made more economic sense for our investors, and have a park we can be proud of,” he added.

Jenkins said they are expecting to hear from several contractors in the next week or so, now that the timetable has changed, but would like to renew his call to get local companies involved.

“We would love to talk to them,” he said. Jenkins asked that any local contractors who want to talk with him about becoming involved in the project should contact him at his Dallas office at 214-942-4474.

Jenkins said the project will have a booth open during Derrick Days promoting the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park and invited the public to drop by.


Bob Belcher may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
Latest News
  • Sheriff seeks salary shuffle

    Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner went to the County Commissioner’s budget workshop Thursday to ask for a change of how his officers are compensated, or, alternately, an 8 percent across-the-board raise.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25-14 CAC boat.jpg Floating a big fundraiser idea

    The big night is fast approaching for the 10 Grand Country Jam, an Aug. 2 fundraiser for the Child Advocates of Navarro County. What will make it a big night is the grand prize, a $31,000 pontoon boat.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Candelario Garcia Jr. (main) Honoring a hero

    Since March of this year, the family of Candelario Garcia Jr. has been so proud of him, they could burst.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • County Budget Commissioners start budget process

    The Navarro County Commissioner’s Court held its first budget workshop Wednesday, the first of a dozen or more over the next month or so.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23-14 pianos main.jpg Public pianos invite players

    Corsicana has always been a musical town, with emphasis on country and western, rock and roll, bluegrass and Gospel, but now the parks and recreation department is moving towards bringing music to the masses in a different way. They’re going to put pianos downtown, on the sidewalks for anyone to play at random.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navarro County 4-H Club holds event

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extention will hold Summer Exploration Days at the Navarro County Expo on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • New date for IPL Job Fair announced

    Tarrant Regional Water District IPL (integrated pipe line) Project will hold a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at The Cook Center.

    July 22, 2014

  • Making voting easier

    A new county-wide voting system would let voters cast a ballot at any polling place on election day, eliminating the need to drive to a specific precinct to vote.

    July 22, 2014

  • Aaron Tidwell Tidwell tapped for top Mildred High post

    A baseball coach at heart, about a year ago Aaron Tidwell began to seriously focus on education administration. He just didn’t think an opportunity would present itself so soon. Mildred Independent School District board members approved the 31-year-old Corsicana native as the high school’s new principal Monday night.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCIW treasure Mantle worthy: Oil City presented with Texas Treasure Business Award

    Maybe Oil City Iron Works is worth double the treasure. After all, the local icon honored Monday with a state award for employers in business for 50 years has actually been around for 128.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos