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Pflugerville officials approve Hawaiian Falls water park

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People in Pflugerville are ready to see their town make big waves.

"I'm excited about the opportunities for jobs for teenagers, for the economic stimulus for Pflugerville," Pflugerville resident DeSha Botkin said.

In a public hearing Tuesday, city officials approved a plan to bring Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure park to the city.

"Over the 30-year life of the project, we expected to see a $700 million impact on the city of Pflugerville," Floyd Akers, of the Pflugerville Development Corporation, said.

The park will use about 10 million gallons of water per year, which has raised concerns among some who worry about scarce water during this historic Texas drought. Park and city officials say Hawaiian Falls won't contribute to the problem drought problem.

"We recycle 95 percent of our water, so it's a great use of resources," Hawaiian Falls President David Busch said.

"We currently have, in the city limits of Pflugerville, we have 650 houses being built,” Mayor Jeff Coleman said. “Those 650 houses will use approximately six times the amount water that this park will use."

But, some people still aren't buying it. They say the park could drown taxpayers.

"Pumps go out we pay, water slide breaks we pay, parking lot needs to be repaved we pay,” Danny Vinzant, a Pflugerville resident, said. “Hawaiian Falls is in this at no risk."

Some also worry the small city won't be ready for tidal wave of traffic, especially at the intersection of the city's biggest roads, FM 685 and SH 130.

"It's going to make a bad intersection worse,” Botkin said.

"This water park will be an albatross around the neck of every taxpaying Pflugerville citizen for the next 30 years maybe plus,” Vinzant said.

Hawaiian Falls officials confirm the park will be privately funded. They plan to open the park by Memorial Day.

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