The Corsicana Water and Adventure Park has been a long-running topic of local discussion since its initial announcement in 2013, with opening date and amenities offered being the two most prominently asked questions.
As of July 5, the Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is now officially open.
"We want to put a new face on Corsicana," said John McClung, manager of the water park, and Corsicana City Council member from 2011 to 2019. The original concept was envisioned in 2011, having taken inspiration from another water park in Silver Lake, California.
The soft opening was originally intended for June, but "Mother Nature was not too cooperative," causing a six-week delay due to June's constant rains.
But with weather conditions having recently improved, the first customers were a vacationing family from Dallas, on their way back to Houston. The family saw the park from the highway and decided to see what the brightly colored yellow and green water attraction was about.
“The family's response was enthusiastic, citing the uncrowded play area as a positive, and said that they would be telling everyone", McClung said.
Since then, regional guests from Salado, Groesbeck, Dallas, and Houston have visited, with guests having come from as far as New York and South Carolina.
The current play area, which is a two-part obstacle course for a general audience and smaller children, is the first phase of the park's expansion. Guests can presently enjoy 75 degree spring-fed waters that have been quality checked by Bio-Chem Labs, and can accommodate 90 to 110 people at one time.
45-minute water sessions are booked on the hour between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person per session for the main area, with $5 sessions for children 6 and under and free for supervising parents in the smaller children's area. For those who want to work on their summer tans instead, a surrounding sand and gravel beach is available for guests.
All guests are required to sign a waiver and wear a life jacket during all activity sessions. Lifeguards are on duty to ensure safety, and staffed per every twenty guests.
The grand opening of the park will be Saturday, July 20, with local food trucks providing a variety of treats for the day's visitors.
As for the future, McClung already has a timeframe for the second expansion of the park, which will introduce an indoor trampoline park with glow in the dark trampolines, ziplines, and climbing walls. Construction workers were actively laying out new access roads and groundwork for the 34,000 square foot area, with projected opening around October to November 2019.
Plans for 2020 are already worked on, with the next expansion growing the property out to 20 acres, including dedicated food and concession areas, rest rooms, a party area, and a kid's zone. New water attractions will include a lazy river, a wave pool, and a 65-foot slide to be seen from the highway.
The Corsicana Water and Adventure Park is independently funded, and the City of Corsicana is not involved with funding the project.