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New water park resort breaks ground in Round Rock

A waterpark resort broke ground in Round Rock Tuesday, and city officials hope it will bring a big economic impact to the city. (Photo: CBS Austin)

A water park resort broke ground in Round Rock Tuesday, and city officials hope it will bring a big economic impact to the city.

Kalahari Water Park Resort held a groundbreaking in Round Rock Tuesday morning. The resort and convention center will sit off Hwy 79 across the street from Dell Diamond.

“Today is probably one of the most exciting days in Round Rock history,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said.

Morgan said the convention center will be a big part of the benefit, bringing in multiple groups that may have gone to other Texas cities for events.

“It’s definitely a game changer, puts us on the map destination wise, gives us a new audience to bring to our city,” Morgan said.

This will be Kalahari Resort’s fourth development in the U.S., and it says its Round Rock location will have the largest indoor water park in the nation.

“We couldn’t be happier about coming to the city of Round Rock,” Kalahari spokesperson Travis Nelson said.

Nelson said the resort will have shops and restaurants to go along with the water park, hotel and convention center. “Really everything under one roof, a family destination,” Nelson said.

With its proximity to Dell Diamond, they will also work together with their neighbors across the street. “Maybe you come play sports, catch a baseball game at the Dell Diamond, stay at the Kalahari resort, bring your suit and have a whole weekend of it,” Nelson said.

“Oh, I think it becomes a whole entertainment district area,” Morgan said.

Construction will begin Wednesday morning with a completion date in November of 2020.

Morgan said they’re still trying to make that area a quiet zone for Union Pacific trains. One train did roll by right before the groundbreaking Tuesday. Morgan hopes to get that zone by the opening.

Then he hopes the tax revenue from the park will roll in to the city. “I assume they’re going to be really big,” Morgan said.

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