The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department and City Council hosted a Dedication Ceremony and sneak peek walking tours, officially kicking off the opening of the new and expanded Rock’N River Water Park on Friday, May 27, at Old Settlers Park, 330 Palm Valley Blvd.
At the end of the presentation, Mayor Alan McGraw and City Councilmembers jumpd from the new 12.5-foot jumping platform in the new Quarry Adventure section of the park, officially opening Rock’N River Water Park for Memorial Day Weekend.
The expansion was funded by the 2014 voter-approved bond and construction of the project started last summer. Upon opening in summer of 2006, Rock’N River has consistently been at capacity and has had strong attendance each swim season. The goal of the expansion was to increase the park’s capacity and create attractions that appealed to teens, adults and kids. The completed expansion exceeds these goals and has increased the park’s capacity from 600 to 1,600 guests and offers three new exciting themed areas including Splashville, The Quarry and the Watering Hole that will be very popular with teens and adults.
The expansion also includes the new Hitching Post food truck circle. The Hitching Post will feature delicious food and drink options for lunch and dinner. Food trucks will be rotated throughout the season offering residents various food varieties. Residents will also enjoy relaxing in one of the new luxury Rental Cabanas, Umbrella areas, or the Central Picnic Pavilion.
The expansion includes a huge sprayground play area attraction called Splashville that includes 51 play features. Play features include four new water slides, tipping buckets, down jets, hose jets, tipping cones, water curtain, water guns, net obstacles and more for kids and adults to explore. This attraction alone nearly doubles the existing Rock’N River capacity with 6,650 sq. ft. of play room which can accommodate approximately 500 guests.
The expansion also features The Quarry, a high adventure area featuring a 12 ½ foot jumping platform and rock climbing wall with waterfall feature. Guests who attempt to climb to the top of the rock wall can fall safely back into the deep water lagoon below. Additionally, a Drop Slide with a 4 foot drop into the deep water lagoon is also integrated into the rock wall. This area also includes water volleyball or basketball for active fun in the sun.
The new Watering Hole provides a leisure lagoon and food service area that features 13 covered swim up concession seats along with a walk up concession area. Guest will be able to view their favorite sporting event on the various TVs located throughout. This area also includes water basketball for big fun in the sun and a zero depth entry pool with small geysers for the kids. Water immersed Lounge chairs are also available at the water sun deck that allows guests to stay cool while they enjoy the sun.
Guests will also enjoy relaxing in one of the new Rental Cabanas, Umbrella areas or the Central Picnic Pavilion. The Rental Cabanas include a love seat, 2 chairs, 2 sling chases, side table, and cable enabled television. The Cabanas can accommodate up to 10 people. Umbrella areas feature various tables and chairs and can accommodate up to 24 people. The Picnic Pavilion is the perfect place to host a larger party and can accommodate up to 50 people. To book a rental, residents may call the Parks and Recreation Main Office at 512-218-5540.
Residents may visit www.roundrocktexas.gov/river for admission and season pass pricing, operating schedule and Cabana/Umbrella/Central Picnic Pavilion rentals.
The Design Consultant for the project was Kimley-Horn and Associates and the contractor was Chasco Constructors.