Yogi Park's New Water Park a 'Win-Win' for Everybody
With gas prices climbing, Burleson, Texas, hopes to cash in on those who decided to have a staycation when the city's first water park opens.
Pirate's Cove is scheduled to open May 4 next to the North Texas Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
Steve Stafford, general manager for North Texas Jellystone, which is developing the new water park, said he expects to fill 30 to 40 part-time and full-time positions from lifeguards to cooks.
"We did research on parks with some type of water amenities. We traveled around and did a lot of talking to people," he said.
Bradley Ford, Burleson's economic development director, said that although half the park is outside the city limits, the community will still benefit. Ford said the park will probably draw more visitors to Burleson's hotels and restaurants.
"We are excited about what this will mean for Burleson, as we hope more dollars will be spent locally," Ford said. "Because of the high gas prices, we are expecting more people to take staycations."
Stafford, who was helping check in spring break campers during an interview, said the main idea behind the water park is to boost lodging at the camp and resort next door.
In addition to campsites for tents and recreational vehicles, there are 17 luxury cottages, Stafford said.
Pirate's Cove, a 4-acre play and entertainment area, has a 26,000-square-foot, 36-foot-high water play park with seven water slides plus interactive features, including a pirate-themed structure, a floating lily pad, a rope walk, 28 cabanas and an activity pool.
Pirate's Cove Fun Zone, a 13,500-square-foot entertainment center next to the water park, will have a 28-foot climbing structure, mini-bowling, laser tag, a froghopper ride, and more than 40 interactive and arcade games.
Stafford said he sees Pirate's Cove as a win-win project for everyone.
"Burleson has been very kind to us," he said. "We want to push business into the city."