NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches planned to open in late June.
Now, the hope is the water park will open July on 4th, but its opening will more likely be closer to August. The exact date is still pending on construction progress due to weather delays.
When the sun shines, the dozers are moving. Construction crews have a lot of time to make up in the completion of Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches.
"Since about February 18, we've had not a week where we didn't have two or three days of rain,” said Johnny Blevins, the president of Splash Kingdom. “It's ironic I guess that the water is what's stopping a water park from getting completed."
Rainwater is collected in a pool. Not exactly what anxious guests are wanting, so Blevins is offering an optional refund for season pass holders once the park opens.
"It's totally their choice, but that is what we'll do,” Blevins said. “They'll get a 100-percent refund, or they can go ahead and use that season pass because most of the season passes we've sold are discounted season passes."
In the meantime, season pass holders may visit any of the other Splash Kingdom Family Waterparks for $5 by presenting their season pass card.
"I'm good. How are you? I'm good. I'm Johnny,” Blevins said. “Hey Brandon. Good to meet you."
Blevins is attempting to keep morale up as crews build fantasy lands from early in the morning to late in the evening. He likes that structures are finally taking shape.
"They work all over the world. Disney Parks, Universal Studios and now Nacogdoches,” Blevins said.
Blevins is dealing with inconveniences and delays, but won't complain knowing others have had it a lot worse following a difficult spring.
Splash Kingdom is on University Drive, a short distance from Main Street.
On Monday, Johnny Blevins will be asking life guards he hired to paint the pool sides, stock the gift shop, and prepare the refreshment stand. He said he wants them to have an opportunity to get some hours of work in.
Blevins is also pulling for the two Overton girls whose lemonade stand was shut down because they lacked a permit. The sisters were raising money to take their dad to Splash Kingdom. Blevins said since the story went national, he's had friends call him all day to make sure he saw it.
"I am a rule-following guy. I understand the situation that the police are in," Blevins said. "I also understand how fun it is to have a lemonade stand for kids in the front yard, so it's hard to pick a side. I think it would have been easy to drive down another road and not see a lemonade stand."
Blevins said he admires the girls' entrepreneurial spirit. For their efforts, he's giving them passes to Splash Kingdom.