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Kalahari Resorts Update: Round Rock Future Flagship Location

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Last year we brought you the details regarding the proposed development of a Kalahari Resorts and Conventions complex for Round Rock, right here in the Texas Hill Country. Those looking for relief from the hot Texas heat while still wanting spring and summer fun can anticipate the new oasis to progress as planned. In an update, this week (May 9), Kalahari Resorts and Conventions attended a resident information night in Round Rock, hearing concerns and allowing for public issues to be aired.

Kalahari Resorts Update: Round Rock Future Flagship Location

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The $350 million water park and hotel will be located in Round Rock, bordering Brushy Creek and abutting residential neighborhoods in this high-tourism, youth-sports-oriented community. In an interview with CBS Austin, Bill Otto, Kalahari’s Executive Vice President stated, “We are in a neighborhood. As we plan things, as we’re looking above things, how the building is going to rise, how it’s going to be lit, where outside entertainment may be. All are done with a great sensitivity to our neighbors.”

Kalahari Resorts Update: Round Rock Future Flagship Location

Photo: Facebook/Kalahari Resorts

The new water park project is anticipated to be located across from the Dell Diamond stadium and will take up approximately 200,000 square feet. Kalahari Resorts is a company well-known for their African-themed indoor water parks and décor, and the Round Rock location will have both indoor and outdoor attractions, restaurants, and more than 1,000 hotel rooms together with a complementing convention center. Opening is scheduled for the year 2020 and it’s expected to bring 700 jobs to the community.

Kalahari Resorts Update: Round Rock Future Flagship Location

Photo: Facebook/Kalahari Resorts

This will mark the fourth water park in the U.S. for the company, and the first development west of the Mississippi as well as in a warm climate. And in the same vein of all things Texas-related, Kalahari owner Todd Nelson has promised that Round Rock’s development will be the biggest and best, referring to the project as the company’s “flagship.” Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio, and the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania are the three other locations for the company, and all three are resort-style communities with heavy tourism. Round Rock has been identified by Nelson in an interview with Community Impact as an ideal place for his family-owned company to develop, citing, “We’ve been trying to get to Texas the last four years. We started in Frisco and Dallas. Then we met with [Round Rock Chamber Vice President of Economic Development] Ben White. There are a lot of reasons Round Rock made sense for us.”

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