NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Splash Kingdom-Nacogdoches construction has been interrupted more than once by rain. Surprisingly, progress is on schedule, despite the downpours..
"This big old hole right here is going to be the bay activity hole," said Mandy Morris, the Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark Timber Falls manager
When Morris, 23, got her marketing degree at Louisiana Tech, she never imagined she would someday be traipsing through a muddy construction site. It comes with the territory for a manager of a future waterpark.
The future Splash Kingdom is located along busy University Drive. Excavation tools from a shovel to bulldozers are used, but passersby see right away construction isn't typical to most new businesses.
"The trenches you see are for the ducting, the drainage, and the water pipes coming in, the filtration, and then the larger pits are the actual attraction area," said Mickey Lewis, the director of sales and marketing for Splash Kingdom Family Waterparks.
One of the planned attractions will be a Lazy River.
"We're standing in the mouth of it right now," Morris said. "It will have a zero duct entry which is just like a beach."
A fence is going up around the park perimeter, but the park will be visible in many aspects.
"Right next to the Lazy River we're going to have our tallest slide tower," Morris said. "It will be 40-foot tall and it will have two body slides coming over it. And the other main attraction that you'll see from the street is the big kids area."
There will also be a 21-foot tree house with water slides and sprayers.
"It's a great big fun area for our little ones," Morris said. "It is the focal point of our waterpark."
The parking lot will be yards from Lanana Creek. A retention pond is designed to catch runoff.
"A grade that comes down to the creek, so it flows consistently and won't flow all at once in the creek when we get a huge rainfall," said Doug Kierstead, the operations manager for Splash Kingdom Family Water Park.
Splash Kingdom is making its presence known in several ways throughout the community. Just today a marketing lesson was presented at SFA.
The lesson stressed is to keep the public informed.
"We just want to encourage everyone that we are on schedule," Lewis said. "We're ahead of schedule in some respects with some of the phasing, but the excitement is here and we're still going to open on May 23 like we had projected."
Morris is looking forward to that day. She began working for Splash Kingdom as a 17 year old. She knows from experience warm weather and swimming pools can be a lot of fun.