Roanoke Approves Hawaiian Falls Park

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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Like it or not, the city of Roanoke will be getting a water park.

The city council approved plans for a new Hawaiian Falls park Tuesday night, even after some residents argued the park would hurt their property values.

Supporters of the project, such as Roanoke Mayor "Scooter" Gierisch, said it would generate tax dollars.

"Our goal is to get them in here and get them generating tax dollars for our city," said Gierisch last week. "The dollars that Hawaiian Falls generates and the amount of folks that would be a draw to this particular area would be something that would be beneficial to our area."

The park, which will be located on 16-acres along Byron Nelson Boulevard and Fairway Drive, is scheduled to be open by next Memorial Day.

Currently, there are three other Hawaiian Falls locations in North Texas in Garland, Mansfield and The Colony.

NBCDFW's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.


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