Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Features / Living

March 9, 2014

Jellystone formula for fun: Just add water

Johnson County —

North Texas Jellystone Camp-Resort in Burleson is hoping to make a splash this spring, when workers complete a $1 million water park expansion to its Pirate’s Cove.

Designed to appeal to teens, new features will include a 60-foot tall Kamikaze Slide with a near-vertical slide and 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 will dump visitors into a swimming pool, a paint ball play area and a new food court. And construction is underway on a 700-foot long lazy river with zero-entry lagoons, plus a stage area for concerts and “dive in” movies, which can be seen from the water. 

The expansion, the existing Pirate’s Cove and all the rest is a far cry from what was originally conceived as a RV campground by a guy whose business plan consisted of parking by the freeway and counting the passing recreational vehicles. 

“We were up to 116,” RV sightings in one day, said owner Ronnie Bowyer, who was watching the bulldozers move dirt for the lazy river from the driver’s seat of his SUV last week. “It’s been fun.”

His banker let Bowyer borrow what he remembers as $200,000 or $300,000 to buy the real estate, and he took it from there. Bowyer opened for RVs in 2000, adding features to the complex, which occupies about three quarters of a mile along Interstate 35 West, as he went along. 

The waterpark is one of an increasing number of North Texas entertainment venues designed to attract visitors who want to enjoy some cool fun.

Established North Texas parks include Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Splash Station in Cleburne and NRH2O in North Richland Hills.

Hawaiian Falls, billed as North Texas’ first “combination water and adventure park,” is slated to open in White Settlement on Memorial Day weekend.

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