Texas Jellystone Getting $1m Upgrades
The owners and operators of North Texas Jellystone Park’s highly successful Pirate’s Cove waterpark are planning to expand the attraction with nearly $1 million worth of new features designed to appeal to teens.
“We’re hoping to have the expansion completed by May 1,” said General Manager Steve Stafford, who noted that the park near Burleson also plans to boost its summertime workforce with 50 additional seasonal employees, who will handle everything from maintenance and food service to working as lifeguards.
The North Texas Jellystone Park is planning a job fair from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 9. Job applications are also available online at www.northtexasjellystone.com.
The new Pirate’s Cove attractions will include a 60-foot tall kamikaze slide that provides a nearly vertical slide as well as a 60-foot tall “fast track” with six side-by-side lanes that provide a 350-foot-long slide. The park is also installing two 40-foot-tall corkscrew slides that dump into a swimming pool as well as a paintball play area and a new food court.
Other new features will include a 700-foot-long lazy river with zero entry lagoons and a stage area for concerts and “dive in” movies, which can be seen from a swimming pool.
Pirate’s Cove opened in May 2012 as the first waterpark in the Burleson area. The 26,000-square-foot park was initially built with seven waterslides plus interactive features, including a pirate-themed structure, a floating lily pad, a ropewalk and an activity pool.
Pirate’s Cove also has a 13,500-square-foot family entertainment center called Pirate’s Cove Fun Zone, which includes a 28-foot climbing structure, mini bowling, laser tag, a froghopper ride and more than 40 interactive and arcade games.
Stafford said Pirate’s Cove has been a major draw for the North Texas Jellystone Park, which includes 235 campsites as well as 34 cabins and 24 park model cottages. The campground also has fun family activities scheduled throughout the year, including frequent appearances by Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith. More information about the park is available at northtexasjellystone.com.