Health / Fitness
The wetter report Epic Waters in Grand Prairie is making news, while other area pools are gearing up for summer openings
pic Waters Indoor Water Park, Texas’ newest indoor public aquatic playground, has only been open a couple of months, but it’s already attracting national attention – not to mention a “wave” of customers over the short period in which it has been in operation. In fact, on the latter front, the waterpark welcomed its 100,000th visitor last month, fewer than 100 days after the Grand Prairie waterpark opened its doors. That development was at least indirectly Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark responsible for some pretty offers an array of ways to get wet, including the FlowRider significant “shout outs” across the surfing simulator. country and region. Last month, the year-round indoor-outdoor waterpark located in southwest Tarrant County in the newest expansion of the Highway 161 corridor, was named to the Travel Channel’s “8 Of The Most Incredible Indoor Waterparks” list, joining the ranks of top-tier waterpark destinations across the U.S. that were also chosen for recognition. The same week, the waterpark was also selected by Texas Hill Country for inclusion on the tourism magazine’s “5 Indoor Waterparks for the Most Fun in Texas” list, which singles out the top indoor waterpark destinations across the state. The articles cited the waterpark’s abundance of attractions – including three “first-in-industry” slides, a children’s area, and a FlowRider® surfing simulator – as well as amenities like a café, arcade, and retail shop. Also noted was the uniqueness of Epic Waters’ 40-panel retractable roof, which allows the waterpark to offer both year-round, weatherproof operations, as well as opportunities for outdoor fun during sunny weather. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark opened in January of 2018 as the largest indoor waterpark under a single retractable roof in North America. Almost immediately, the waterpark began reaching capacity during peak visit times, and visitor traffic is expected to continue to surge as Grand Prairie heads into the tourism season. While the year-round indoor/outdoor capabilities of Epic Waters helped give the facility a head start on aquatic experiences, Arlington swimming pools soon will join in on the fun – and the fun-giving. 74
ARLINGTON TODAY • May 2018 • arlingtontoday.com
Here is some pertinent information regarding the seven city facilities as spring segues to summer.
Opening this month
Two Arlington facilities, Bad Konigshofen Family Aquatic Center and Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, will entertain water enthusiasts on May 27-29 before joining most of the remaining city pools for official June 3 openings. All the city facilities will be open through Aug. 13. The exception is the Hugh Smith Indoor Pool, which is open year-round. Here are the facility hours: Allen Bolden Pool (2800A S. Center St.): Noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Bad Konigshofen Family Aquatic Center (2800 W. Sublett Road): Noon-7 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2-9 p.m. on Wednesday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Helen Wessler Play Pool (2200 Photo courtesay of Epic Waters Greenway St.): 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Howard Moore Play Pool (1999 Bever Blvd.): 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Hugh Smith Indoor Pool (1815 New York Ave.): 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 1:302:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday; 1-5 p.m. on Saturday; and 3-5 p.m. on Sunday. Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center (1924 Randol Mill Park Road): 2-9 p.m. on Monday; noon-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. Woodland West Pool (3200 Norwood Lane): Noon-6 p.m. and family night from 8-10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. The Mansfield Community Center Main Pool, an indoor facility, is open year-round, beginning each day at 5:30 a.m. For information on the pool, visit alturl.com/kuvyf.