In January 2010, Schlitterbahn Waterparks received the green light from the Cedar Park City Council to proceed with a new development inside the Cedar Park, Texas city limits. Cedar Park is a growing suburb of Austin, with a population of just over 60,000 residents. The new $360 million development planned will eventually span across 95 acres on FM 1431, between Interstate 35 and Parmer Lane.
Schlitterbahn Cedar Park is slated to open for the summer 2012 season, and is projected to bring thousands of jobs to the area. The park itself will be a year-round entertainment venue that boasts both indoor and outdoor water recreation as well as a convention center, restaurants and lodging.
The new water park is located just a few miles from the Round Rock Premium Outlets on the corner of Interstate 35 and FM 1431, which opened just a few years ago in 2006. Other recent local developments drawing visitors to the area include the Cedar Park Center which opened in 2009 and is home to the Austin Ice Bats ice hockey team, the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, the 1890 Ranch shopping center, and others.
Residents of Cedar Park and surrounding areas are pleased with the opportunities the new developments bring, including the new Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Job creation in retail, tourism, hospitality, healthcare, and more all serve to diversify the local economic base. However, some residents are concerned about local infrastructure being able to support the increased traffic to the area.
The 183A Toll Road was recently expanded north through New Hope Drive, and expansion efforts continue on FM 1431 near the 1890 Ranch shopping center. However, construction plans to expand 1431 near the site of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark development have not been announced. Further, increased traffic is expected all along 1431 from Interstate 35 through the 183A Toll Road, which residents are concerned about.
One highlight to report, however, is that part of the City of Cedar Park’s development agreement with Schlitterbahn Waterparks includes the development of a new road that will run from the Austin Wood Recycling location to Toro Grande along the southern side of 1431. With the owners of the nearby Indigo Ridge Planned Unit Development contemplating development that may include an apartment complex, a big box retail center, or another use in the near future as well as the Schlitterbahn Waterpark opening in 2012, residents hope that this is just one of many more such infrastructure developments that will take place soon to alleviate the impending increase traffic to the area.