For the first time in three years, all three of Frisco’s ‘spray parks’ will open May 15 for ‘splash’ season; however, the city needs a ‘raincheck’ for its water park expansion project at the Frisco Athletic Center (FAC).
Spray grounds at J.R. Newman, 8211 Twin Falls Dr.; Shepherds Glen, 12012 Shepherds Hill Drive; and Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Rd. are now open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Water restrictions over consecutive years forced the closure of spray grounds at J.R. Newman and Shepherds Glen. The spray ground at Frisco Commons operates off well water.
Rick Wieland, Director of Parks & Recreation, says recent rains have also quenched landscaping and cracked soil, leaving the parks looking lush.
Nevertheless, recent rains have delayed construction projects throughout North Texas, including the water park expansion at the FAC. The water park opening is tentatively rescheduled for the first weekend in June.
“As much as we would love to be able to open Memorial Day, unfortunately the rainfall has caused a delay,” said Wieland. “Rain continues to be in the forecast. The contractor is taking advantage of every minute when his crews can work and they’re making progress. We’ll keep patrons updated about any further delays. But for now, we’re targeting the first weekend in June.”
Rains delayed the pouring and curing of concrete, not to mention plastering pools. Fence installation has slowed because the grounds have been too wet. Fences are a safety measure and must be in place before water can be added. Once that happens, chemicals must be balanced and lifeguards trained on new features.
Water park improvements include the ‘Preston Plunge’ – a 45 foot tall, four lane mat racer and ‘The Fort’ – a multi-level, interactive water playground with three slides and more than 85 spray features. The ‘Lazy River’ has grown by approximately 300 linear feet, winding around the park. There are more shade structures, party pavilions, restrooms and a concession stand.
“Once we open, we’re confident everyone will say ‘it was worth the wait’,” said Wieland.
The Frisco Community Development Corporation (FCDC) paid for the $6 million dollar expansion project.
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