UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
Out with the old and in with the new.
Groundbreaking on the new $10 million Hawaiian Falls Water Park began Wednesday.
"This is going to be an excellent addition to this great growing period of our city," City of Waco Mayor Jim Bush said.
The park is an expansion on the already existent Waco Water Park, and city officials are confident of its success, which encourages family 'stay-cations' over vacations.
While the city is contributing $2.5 million to the additions, the lure of the water park may also bring in an estimated 150,000 people to Waco, giving a splash to the Waco economy.
"Our citizens, that spend a lot of money going out of town to go to places like this will be able to stay in so that helps us. They can spend their money here and then all the other visitors that are going to be coming in are going to enjoy Waco, are going spend money, they're going to help us, and take back good tales of Waco, because we are a great city," City Manager Larry Groth said.
With a plan to open Memorial Day 2012, it'll take a few extra hands to get this park afloat.
The park plans to hire nearly 200 seasonal workers, and Hawaiian Falls says it prides itself on giving their employees more than just a summer job.
"We consider it our obligation to help grow them and to introduce them to things such as integrity and honesty, eternal values," Hawaiian Falls President David Busch said.
Those eternal values go hand in hand with their motto.
"We serve the Lord by bringing families closer together, so this is more than just a business for us," Busch said.