KATY, Texas (FOX 26) - Beating the heat in the Houston area is about to get a lot easier with the opening of a brand new water park in Katy. And Typhoon Texas is no cookie cutter water park.
"This tube is for the family raft ride," Keith Dalton tells FOX 26 News while riding around the construction site on a cart. Dalton, the co-president of Typhoon Texas, grew up in Houston and has lived in Katy for 20 years.
"How many Aggies does it take to build a water park?" he asks a packed room at Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Thursday. "Two," he says to a laughing crowd. He is one of the Aggies, his business partner is the other, and the two started planning the custom water park a full three years before ever breaking ground. Dalton tells fellow business owners how he plans to bring customers back again and again.
"They want good service, of course," says Dalton. "They want to be safe, of course and they want clean water. That's a big deal."
Back at the job site, Dalton says they have hired the best aquatic engineer in the world to deliver on sparkling clean water.
"We're designing and purchasing the best filters we can find, and we're also turning over all two million gallons of water every two hours in the park." says Dalton.
Typhoon Texas is now hiring the people who will deliver that good customer service with openings for 600 seasonal jobs as of Feb. 1 with the park scheduled to open on May 28.
"We're going to be very selective on the people we hire to work for Typhoon Texas," says Dalton.
With colorful slides already in plain view, it's hard to drive by and not get excited. Yes, the towering tubes are a bit intimidating, but Dalton assures families that there will be fun for all ages.
"We're looking at the eight-lane mat racer right here, but we also have tube rides, body slides, family raft rides, and a giant rain fortress for the little ones," says Dalton as he points to one of the most dazzling rides on the lot.
Typhoon Texas is a family treat, but with a modest price tag. An $80 season pass will pay for itself in two visits. Parking will be free and even though you can't bring food into the park, you will be able to picnic in a shaded area out near your car, and then go back into the park for more fun.
If you want to avoid the hottest part of the day, the park will be open at night.