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Park will be splashy destination

September 19, 2007

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This Artist's rendering shows part of the Treehaus Resort and Riverwalk development planned for the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

This Artist's rendering shows part of the Treehaus Resort and Riverwalk development planned for the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

With a bulldozer as a backdrop, Jana Henry Faber (from right), two-year-old Ella Henry and Robert Henry along with other family members along with Joe Reardon (center), Mayor/CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County, turn over the first loads of dirt in a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday for the new Schlitterbahn Vacation Village. The Henry family, owners of three other resorts, were on hand for the first expansion outside of Texas for a $750 million year round retail entertainment and water-park destination that will be located on a 370-acre track near Village West in Kansas City, Kansas. .

With a bulldozer as a backdrop, Jana Henry Faber (from right), two-year-old Ella Henry and Robert Henry along with other family members along with Joe Reardon (center), Mayor/CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County, turn over the first loads of dirt in a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday for the new Schlitterbahn Vacation Village. The Henry family, owners of three other resorts, were on hand for the first expansion outside of Texas for a $750 million year round retail entertainment and water-park destination that will be located on a 370-acre track near Village West in Kansas City, Kansas. .

First came Kansas Speedway, then Village West.

Now make way for the Schlitterbahn.

Tuesday morning, officials broke ground on the sprawling Schlitterbahn Vacation Village complex, set to open next summer in Kansas City, Kan., with the first components of its water resort, lodgings, shops and restaurants.

By summer 2011, the project will be expected to feature a full-scale water park, more than 1,500 lodging units and a mix of restaurants and shops filling some 400,000 square feet of retail space.

The 370-acre project is being constructed near Village West, another retail complex that already includes such megaretailers as Cabela's and Nebraska Furniture Mart.

The Schlitterbahn site is east of Interstate 435, reaching to 94th Street on the east and bounded by Parallel Parkway on the north and State Avenue on the south.

Turner Construction, of Kansas City, Mo., will handle construction management duties for the projected $750 million project.

"We are excited to have Turner's high level of expertise in construction management working on the largest project in our company's history," said David Beardsley, chief executive officer for Schlitterbahn Resorts Worldwide, based in New Braunfels, Texas. "We are delighted to have Turner as part of our team."

Turner comes to the job with experience in the area, having already handled a $140 million contract for management services related to construction of the speedway, then another pact to oversee construction of Nebraska Furniture Mart and a recent expansion.

"We're pleased to continue our involvement in this area with such a unique project that further enhances an established momentum for greater Kansas City," said Dewey Newton, vice president for Turner in Kansas City.

Schlitterbahn opened its flagship park in New Braunfels in 1979. A Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark opened in 2001 in South Padre Island, Texas. The company also has a water park on Galveston Island, near Houston.

Joe Reardon, mayor and chief executive officer of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, has described the project as a "first-class destination resort," saying that the fact "Wyandotte County was selected over other national resort areas is recognition that our community is fast becoming a premiere resort destination area that is attracting millions of visitors annually."

Wet and Wonderful

Schlitterbahn officials say the project will be among the world's largest "tubing" parks, with "miles of interconnected rivers" leading visitors to a variety of attractions:

¢ A Master Blaster uphill water coaster

¢ A covered Riverwalk featuring year-round shopping, dining and entertainment

¢ A Vacation Village with 1,500 lodging accommodations, including a full-service hotel, waterfront cabins and a Treehaus Resort with "elevated pods - all integrated within waterpark attractions"

Comments

blue73harley 6 years, 7 months ago

It is pretty unbelievable how the ex-lowly Wy Co has grown into a tourist destination.

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matahari 6 years, 7 months ago

ive been to the one near New Brunfels in Texas, lots of great Polish sausages (and beer) It is pretty cool, (much better than oceans of fun) I don't usually go for amusement park atmosphere's but this one was great!

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salad 6 years, 7 months ago

Best water park ever!!! Finally something worth all the environmental degradation and sprawl!

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Confrontation 6 years, 7 months ago

According to Wiki: Schlitterbahn is a German word meaning "slippery road".

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aquakej 6 years, 7 months ago

That name sounds like it's a water park full of litter. Hmmm

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zettapixel 6 years, 7 months ago

Being a native Texan, I've had the opportunity to go to Schlitterbahn on many different occasions. I think it's great that they're building out in KCK. You folks will have a lot of fun with this place once it opens!

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