Recently Broward Palm Beach New Times published this article about the Biggest Water Park in the Area in South Florida. This park will be made by Schliterrbahns Development Group. The article says:
Schlitterbahn’s water park in New Braunfels, Texas.
Our people have suffered enough. Summer, after summer, after summer, Broward residents have passed the Hollywood area on I-95, remembering what once was. Not a day goes by that we aren’t reminded what has become widely referred to as the Great Stirling Road Injustice of ’92. Since the fall of Six Flags Atlantis following Hurricane Andrew over two decades ago, Broward County has had a void in its heart the size of a major water park.
Finally, news has arrived that a man may be on the verge of filling that hole with his ginormous-wet-slippery Schlitterbahn.
It’s about damn time, Broward! We’ve been trying to get our Schlitterbahn on forever! It’s hot, dammit
The great man behind all this is Jeff Henry, and his Texas-based company is reportedly close to bringing its Schlitterbahn water parks to Fort Lauderdale. Schlitterbahn (German for “slippery road”) parks are known for their massive-over-the-top rides that require quite a bit of land, so the deal to build the newest location in Broward has been in the works for five years while all particulars were being worked out. The park’s location includes a 64-acre site that is currently home to Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Lockhart Stadium, about a half-mile west of Interstate 95, north of Commercial Boulevard
“It’ll be the biggest and baddest park we’ve ever built,” said Jeff Henry, whose family owns the Texas-based company. The park will have “groundbreaking technology that we’ve yet to apply anywhere else,” he said. “Some of it is very, very cool.”
Schliterrbahns are so much more than some rinky-dink water park; they are the standard that water parks around the country aspire to be. The new Fort Lauderdale park is expected to mirror other locations (four in Texas, one in Kansas City) and include water slides, wave pools, and treehouse-style hotel rooms.
“It’ll probably be the best water park that’s ever been built,” Henry told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s my last one probably.”
The last hurdle that stood between Broward County and water park redemption was Schilterbahn and the City of Fort Lauderdale getting clearance from the FAA to agree that the property isn’t needed for future airport expansion. Once the FAA notified them everything was a go, the city was free to buy the airport land, and now must pay a $1.3 million payment on the $12.1 million purchase before Aug. 1. Once that payment is made, Fort Lauderdale is water-park golden.
“Once we sign the lease, we are committed,” said Joe Cerrone, president of Recreational Design & Construction, which will team with Schlitterbahn on the project. If all goes as planned, Cerrone anticipates a 2018 grand opening.