2970 Epic Place Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

Construction Update

By September 1, 2017News

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, set to open late 2017 in Grand Prairie, Texas, continues to hit construction and development milestones each day. The waterpark is part of a complex called Grand Central, which is Grand Prairie’s epicenter for recreation and fun. This completed project will be enjoyed by the citizens of Grand Prairie, as well as citizens from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and beyond! For years to come, many can enjoy all that Grand Central and Grand Prairie have to offer.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, an 80,000 square foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, will be one of America’s most unique city-owned waterparks. American Resort Management, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is overseeing the management and operation of the waterpark. Epic Waters will feature three “first of its kind” attractions, multiple family-friendly attractions and pools, birthday party and meeting rooms, an outdoor wave pool, a 4,000 square foot arcade, a full-service bar, concessions, cabanas, and more. All sitting beneath a state-of-the-art retractable roof, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark will be region’s favorite year-round family fun destination.

A visible icon on the Grand Prairie skyline, the roof’s cupola can be seen for miles around. Grand Prairie residents have watched with excitement over the past few months as the enclosure, designed by OpenAire, has taken shape. OpenAire, based in Ontario, Canada, designs, manufactures, and installs the worlds’ most reliable and elegant retractable roof systems and skylights.

OpenAire’s sliding roof panels on the main roof and cupola. Photo: OpenAire


From inside this tower, some of the country’s tallest and boldest waterslides will excite guests of all ages. Since the completion of the eighty-three foot tall cupola, the OpenAire team has installed the thirty-six motorized operable roof panels, plus four operable panels above the cupola, which will open to the sunlight and fresh air in summertime, but close quickly during cold or inclement weather.



After months of installing the aluminum structure, the glazing process is completed, as well as the individual retractable roof panels. OpenAire progressed quickly with the lifting and placement of the retractable roof panels, which was completed at the beginning of July.

OpenAire’s sliding roof panels, prior to completion.

Photo: City of Grand Prairie

Roof panels and sliding pieces nearing completion.

Photo: City of Grand Prairie


The fiberglass waterslide pieces from WhiteWater West began installation in May, and have continued assembly into the summer months. The initial additions of the curved slide pieces of bright colors made an incredible impact on the appearance of the exterior and interior building, and the overall look of the Grand Central park area. Individuals unaware of the project traveling down President George Bush Turnpike (Highway161) began to notice the slide pieces on the exterior of the building, and were immediately excited to learn that the structure being built in Grand Prairie was indeed a waterpark. The final pieces of fiberglass are nearing completion, and the building has truly come to life.


The Aquasphere slide, called  the “Aquanaut,” nears completion next to the slide tower.

Photo: Aquatech Solutions

Looking up at the 4-lane mat racers, called “e-Racers”.

Photo: American Resort Management

The WhiteWater slides: eRacers, Lasso Loop, and Prairie Plunge help create the unique slide tower.

Photo: American Resort Management



WhiteWater is the leader in designing and manufacturing complete waterparks and attractions all over the world for 35 years. They have created a unique, exciting package of waterslides for Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, and three of the slides will be the first of their kind in the waterpark industry: The Lasso Loop, the nation’s tallest indoor Aqualoop; the Yellowjacket Drop, the first fusion inner tube slide, and the Aquanaut, the first double-rider Aquasphere ride.

Early 2017 – The initial delivery of the colorful WhiteWater West slide arrived on the construction site.

Photo: American Resort Management

The Texas Twist, the Aquanaut, the Yellowjacket Drop (all slides from WhiteWater West) on the exterior of the building.

Photo: City of Grand Prairie


Each day, different areas of the waterpark take shape. The lazy/crazy river, namely the Rio GRAND/Rio Loco, (which will feature periodic waves) continues concrete construction seamlessly with all but the final quadrant now fully poured-in-place. The activity pool, equipped with a basketball goal, is perfect for all ages and abilities to splash and play with friends and family.


The lazy river and activity pool take shape with each passing day. During post-excavation and reinforced steel installation, shotcrete is used to form the pools.

Photo: American Resort Management / City of Grand Prairie


The Epic Waters executive team continues to grow with each passing day, and the individuals selected to be a part of the team collectively share an extensive knowledge of the waterpark, hospitality, entertainment, and leisure industries.

(MARCH) The Epic Waters Executive Team: (L to R) Michael Hays, General Manager; Chelsey Lamar, Director of Marketing & Events; Richard Coleman, Principal & Sr. VP of Development and Operations.

Photo: Tim Baldwin of AmusementToday


(APRIL) (L to R) Richard Coleman; Hayley Copeland, Marketing & Events Intern; Michael Hays; Marc Kapiloff, Director of Food & Beverage


(August) (L to R) Kristy McCarthy, Marketing & Events Supervisor; Jennifer Hill, Director of Safety & Quality Assurance; Michael Hays; Lauren Colvin; Eric Arthur; Marc Kapiloff; Chelsey Lamar


(JULY) (L to R) Marc Kapiloff; Lauren Colvin, Director of Corporate Sales; Michael Hays; Chelsey Lamar; Eric Arthur, Director of Group Sales. Not pictured: Keith White, Director of Engineering; Robert Cairy, Director of Aquatics


Annual Passes are on-sale now, and summer passes, fall passes, and day passes will be available for purchase at a later date. Birthday reservations are also officially open on the website, and there are several full-time positions available, with additional full-time and part-time positions rolling out closer to the waterpark’s opening. Stay tuned to our e-newsletter, website, and social media pages for information on our upcoming job fairs.

For more information about Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, visit epicwatersgp.com, and sign-up for the newsletter! Also, look for @epicwatersgp on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This EPIC project is only possible because of the following individuals:

Project Owner: The City of Grand Prairie

Architects: HKS, Inc.

Waterpark Rides and Attractions: WhiteWater West, Inc.

Retractable Roof: OpenAire

Construction Company: Lee Lewis Construction

Epic Waters Management: American Resort Management, LLC

Water Consultant: Ramaker & Associates, Inc

Feasibility Consultant: Hotel & Leisure Advisors, Inc.



Individuals from the City of Grand Prairie, American Resort Management, HKS, WhiteWater West, OpenAire, Lee Lewis Construction, Ramaker & Associates, and Hotel & Leisure Advisors gather together to celebrate.

Photo: City of Grand Prairie


Looking across Grand Central’s pond at sunset, the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark’s silhouette can’t be beat.

Photo: OpenAire


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