Thursday, November 30, 2023

Groundbreaking Takes Place at Grand Texas for Big Rivers Waterpark and Gator Bayou Adventure Park


Grand Texas hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Big Rivers Waterpark and Gator Bayou Adventure Park on December 14, 2017. Both parks are the newest additions to the 630-acre Grand Texas development located on Highway 242 and Interstate 69, near Houston. Monty Galland, Chief Executive Officer of the developer, proclaimed, “It’s great to see the concentrated efforts of the development team come to fruition. Adding Big Rivers Waterpark and Gator Bayou to the existing Speedsportz Racing Park and Grand Texas RV Resort will make Grand Texas one of the most exciting destinations in Houston.”

Big Rivers and Gator Bayou will sit on 80 acres. The waterpark portion will comprise the largest lazy river in the Houston area; the largest interactive play structure in Texas; a wave pool capable of generating the tallest waves in Houston; and a variety of waterslides and activities for guests of all ages. Guests will even be able to learn about Texas’ rivers through entertainment, interactive activities, and theming. There are activities for families, thrill seekers, and students at Big Rivers Waterpark.


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Gator Bayou Adventure Park will bring a new outdoor experience to the Greater Houston Area, open year round. Immediately adjacent to the waterpark, Gator Bayou will provide zip lines, challenge courses, nature trails, a seven story free fall tower, additional water attractions, and eco-tourism activities. Gator Bayou also incorporates educational aspects regarding Texas wildlife with an alligator habitat as a focal point. Guests will also be able to relax with activities such as cane fishing, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a giant maze.

A premier team of contractors, engineers, and architects are working to bring Big Rivers Waterpark and Gator Bayou Adventure Park to Grand Texas by Summer 2018. Solid Bridge Construction, based in Huntsville, Texas, is the general contractor. Engineering and design work is provided by WET Engineering, Ward, Getz & Associates, Bleyl & Associates, and Quest Engineering. Architectural services are led by Van Horn Reed & Associates.

Additional development within Grand Texas includes recently-begun construction of a Best Western Premier hotel along Interstate 69, which is also expected to open this summer. A 24-hour urgent care and a casual dining restaurant have also taken steps to begin construction.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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