City leaders regard the venture as a way to bring economic growth to Texarkana.
"Pretty good times here," park customers said in agreement.
There is a new place in the ArkLaTex for people to cool down this summer. It's part of a $23 million hotel convention center project in Texarkana, Arkansas.
The city partnered with investors to bring the venue to the city and hopefully more visitors.
"I figure there would be a long line, so we came early," says one park patron.
"We wanted to beat the line, so we ran up here," says another park attendee.
By the time gates opened, people were already in line to be among the first to enter Texarkana's latest attraction, Holiday Springs Water Park.
The park was the idea of Texarkana physician Hiran Patel.
Asked what it has been like getting to this point, Patel says, "just like the wave pool, wavy and bumpy, and now it's getting smooth."
But for city leaders, the park is more than a venue with six water slides and four swimming areas, including a wave pool, and great food. They regard the venture as a way to bring economic growth to Texarkana.
"Economic and retail growth for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas, and it's going to provide even a better quality of life," says Londale Williams, a member of the city Board of Directors.
Riding the waves of this new park is 150 new jobs, most of them for area teens. Some attractions at the park are still under construction, but that did not cool off the excitement for visitors there Tuesday.
"It was fun ..."
"Pretty good times here ..."
"... fun ..."
"Oh, it was fabulous."
Says Patel, the park's owner, "We are moving forward. We are going to expand this park and make it a great attraction for this area."
The waterpark will be opened each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They hope to keep it up and running for two and a half months.