The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

November 10, 2013

Ready to dive in to Splash Kingdom?

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council could act this week to formally approve an agreement to bring a Splash Kingdom water park to the city.

Negotiations on adding Splash Kingdom as the anchor of the Greenville Towne Center project have been ongoing for about a year.

A vote adopting a proposed ordinance concerning the economic development agreement between the city, Splash Kingdom, the Greenville Board of Development and III:I Emerging Market Partners, the developers behind the Towne Center along the Interstate 30 service road, is included under the agenda for Tuesday’s regular agenda of the city council, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

A work session is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Greenville Board of Development President and CEO Greg Sims and City Attorney Greg Sims are scheduled to present the ordinance to the council Tuesday. No additional details were immediately available about the proposed agreement.

In September Sims said the negotiations concerning a Splash Kingdom water park as part of the Greenville Towne Center development were close to being finalized.

The Council voted in March to approve a change in zoning for the Greenville Towne Center.

Developer Scott Steenson told the council at that time the initial work would involve the installation of infrastructure at the site; including entryways, pad sites and plumbing for the water park.

The Greenville Towne Center development would cover almost 63 acres along the interstate, bounded by Center Point Lane and the Roy Warren Parkway and is also expected to include retail and commercial businesses, private event/meeting halls and possibly multi-family tracts.

Splash Kingdom is wanting to build their fourth water park development in Northeast Texas, to go along with their existing facilities in Canton and Shreveport, La. and a park which opened over the summer in Hudson Oaks, Texas.

Sims has said the Hudson Oaks location, “Splash Kingdom Wild West” is the company’s most elaborate park yet.

“They’ve said they want to do something similar here,” Sims said.

The council voted in October 2012 to instruct Sims to pursue a memorandum of understanding agreement with Splash Kingdom, rather than Hawaiian Falls, which had also indicated it wanted to build in Greenville.

At that time, Mayor Steve Reid said while the offers from both parks were welcome, the council chose the to follow-up on the proposal from Splash Kingdom, as the company would contribute more toward the establishment of the park.