a wilder ride
As the sun emerges, and Houston weather gets more, well, Houston, locals will head to their backyard or community pools, the beach, and often, to a local water park.
Aware of that annual migration to all things water-centric, Wet’n’Wild SplashTown has just announced plans to nearly double the current space. A rendering released by the park — the largest in Houston, and one of the largest in the U.S. — depicts new, massive water spaces, restaurants, seating, shade areas, picnic areas, and parking.
“We’re expanding the size and the scope,” general manager Jody Kneupper tells CultureMap . “It will effectively double our park, and guests won’t feel crowded.”
Kneupper adds that the most in-demand additions are the communal water activities. “People want family raft rides, lazy rivers, wave pools, action rivers — want things that they can do together.”
While the park opens May 5 for the summer season, Kneupper says the water park is currently in the design and development planning stage for the expansion, and no timeline has been announced. This is the park’s second expansion: In 2014, Wet’n’Wild SplashTown underwent a multi-million-dollar transformation including three new attractions — FlowRider, Big Kahuna and Wet’n’Wild Jr.
Kneupper says that this aggressive expansion will cement SplashTown’s status in the Bayou City: “We are the water park in Houston.”