The city of White Settlement is set to reopen its troubled water park months after it was shut down.
As NBC DFW reported in April, news that the Hawaiian Falls park was closing came as a shock to the 150 employees signed up to work there this summer. The city ended its operations agreement with Hawaiian Falls because the park was late with the rent.
"They were supposed to pay us $600,000 last October and another $300,000 this April," City Manager Jim Ryan told NBC DFW last spring.
"We have been working around the clock to make the park better than it's ever been," said Ryan. "The Park was in shambles when Hawaiian Falls left, but our city employees and staff mobilized to do six months of work in 60 days."
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The city is giving away a limited number of free tickets on opening day, which is set for Friday, July 1. Park hours are 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. until Aug. 21, when it will be open on weekends-only through Labor Day.
A new food operator was hired to improve food quality and service in all four concession areas of the park, and overall pricing on admission, food and beverages will be lower than in previous years.
Alcohol is banned from the park, but visitors can bring in their own outside food and drink in a small cooler.