Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown
Hurricane harbore splashtown.png
LocationSpring, Texas, United States
Coordinates30°04′13″N 95°25′55″W / 30.070167°N 95.431935°W / 30.070167; -95.431935Coordinates: 30°04′13″N 95°25′55″W / 30.070167°N 95.431935°W / 30.070167; -95.431935
OwnerEPR Properties
Operated bySix Flags Entertainment Corporation
General ManagerJeffrey Siebert
Opened1984 (1984)
Previous namesSplashtown USA
Six Flags Splashtown (2000–2007)
SplashTown Houston (2008–2012)
Wet ‘n’ Wild Splashtown (2013–2018)
Operating seasonMay - September
Area48 acres (190,000 m2)
Pools2 pools
Water slides9 water slides
Children's areas2 children's areas
WebsiteSix Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is a water park located north of Houston in the Spring CDP of unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States.[1]

History[edit]

The land that Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown now occupies was, in the early 1980s, home to a theme park known as Hanna-Barbera Land.[2] Hanna-Barbera Land only operated for two seasons before its owners, Kings Entertainment Company, sold the park to private investors. The amusement park had all its rides removed, with the new owners installing a water park with several water slides. Much of the park's Victorian buildings, street lights and landscaping remained.[2] Splashtown USA opened to the public shortly after.

In the 1990s, the park changed owners twice: first to the Morris Family in 1994, and then to Six Flags in May 1999. The acquisition was made by Six Flags to eliminate the park from being a competitor to its Six Flags WaterWorld water park, also located in Houston.[3] The park was renamed Six Flags SplashTown in 2000.[4]

Following the closure of Six Flags WaterWorld and the adjacent Six Flags AstroWorld in October 2005,[5] Six Flags engaged in a restructuring of Six Flags SplashTown, which resulted in the termination of the park's General Manager, Operations Manager and Food Service Manager in early November 2005. In January 2006, it was announced that the former Operations Manager of WaterWorld would be the new Splashtown Operations Manager. Several of WaterWorld's attractions were relocated to SplashTown.[5] The park underwent a "facelift" as well as general cleaning to prepare it for its opening day, April 28, 2006. The entrance received a new sign, with the addition of renovated buildings and ticket booths.

In January 2007, Six Flags announced that SplashTown, along with six other parks, would be sold for a total of $312 million. The agreement saw Six Flags sell the properties to PARC Management, who in turn sold the properties to CNL Lifestyle Properties. CNL would then lease the properties back to PARC Management under a 52-year triple-net lease.[6] However, after less than three years into the 52-year contracts, CNL terminated their agreements with PARC Management in November 2010.[7] In early 2011, CNL appointed Premier Attractions Management, LLC (now Premier Parks, LLC) as the new operators of the park. At the time, the limited liability company was led by former Six Flags employees Kieran Burke, the former chairman and CEO, and Gary Story, the former president and chief operating officer.[8]

In November 2013, CNL Lifestyle Properties acquired rights to the Wet'n'Wild brand in the United States from Australian firm, Village Roadshow Theme Parks.[9][10][11] In the months to follow CNL rebranded several of its properties to Wet'n'Wild water parks, including SplashTown Houston, which became Wet'n'Wild SplashTown.[12][13][14] The park itself received a multimillion-dollar renovation.[15]

In late 2016, CNL Lifestyle Properties announced that it was selling ownership of fifteen attraction properties, including Wet'n'Wild Splashtown, along with five small family entertainment centers to EPR Properties for approximately $456 million. The transaction was completed in April 2017.[16] Premier Parks LLC remained as the operator.

On May 22, 2018, Six Flags acquired the leasing rights from Premier Parks LLC to manage several parks owned by EPR Properties. Splashtown was renovated in the offseason and in 2019 changed its name to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown.[17][18]

Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Six Flags announced a suspension of operations across the company on March 13, 2020.[19] Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown was scheduled to open for the 2020 season on May 22, but released a new opening date of June 29.[20][21] On June 26, three days prior to the new opening date, the water park announced that its reopening was delayed indefinitely in order to follow local county government guidelines.[22][23] In early August, park officials announced that the 2020 operating season had been canceled and that Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown looks forward to open again in 2021.[24] This would be the first season for the water park to not operate since its inception in 1984.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spring CDP, TX Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine." United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Tim (5 October 1998). "Water attractions: Tropical theming gives way to local schemes". Amusement Business. 110 (40): 21.
  3. ^ O'Brien, Tim (17 May 1999). "Six Flags makes acquisitions in Atlanta, Houston and Mexico City". Amusement Business. 111 (20): 37.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Tim (29 May 2000). "Six Flags Events produces 'Celebracion,' draws 150,000". Amusement Business. 112 (22): 36.
  5. ^ a b Dawson, Jennifer (18 September 2005). "Six Flags pulls plug on 37-year ride at AstroWorld theme park". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Six Flags sells seven parks". Park World Magazine. 6 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  7. ^ "CNL ends lease deal with PARC Management". Park World Magazine. 25 November 2010. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  8. ^ "CNL announces new management for eight parks". Park World Magazine. 25 January 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Hawaiian Waters sold, to be renamed Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii". Pacific Business News. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  10. ^ Silverstein, Stephanie (21 November 2013). "Premier Parks to take over operation of Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  11. ^ Shanklin, Mary (21 November 2013). "CNL buys Wet 'n Wild Phoenix". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  12. ^ Descant, Skip (17 December 2013). "Knott's Soak City to become Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Splashtown will undergo multi-million dollar transformation to Wet 'N' Wild brand". The Rancher. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  14. ^ Pulsinelli, Olivia (21 January 2014). "Water park launches rebranding, new attractions as competition heats up". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  15. ^ Alexander, Heather. "Houston waterpark to reopen with millions in renovations and new name" Houston Chronicle April 30, 2014. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "EPR Properties and CNL Lifestyle Properties Announce Closing of Transaction". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  17. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (May 25, 2018). "Spring's Wet'n'Wild SplashTown acquired by Six Flags along with a handful of other attractions". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  18. ^ Takahashi, Paul (February 12, 2019). "Six Flags to rename, renovate Wet 'n' Wild Splashtown". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas suspend operations through the end of March". March 13, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  20. ^ "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is set to reopen June 29". June 11, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  21. ^ "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown announces opening date". June 11, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown reopening delayed indefinitely". June 26, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  23. ^ "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown delays reopening due to COVID-19". June 27, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  24. ^ "Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown to remain closed for 2020 season". August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.

CNL Terminates agreement with PARC

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