No need to evacuate the area, but aerial footage from the developers shows the Typhoon Texas waterpark currently brewing at 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, just south of I-10 on 43 acres of Katy Mills Mall-adjacent land. Ground was broken on August 20, and the park (pictured conceptually above) is slated to make landfall on May 27, just before the start of Atlantic hurricane season.
Aquatic amusements will include a 1,500-ft. lazy river, facilities for slideboarding (which turns going down a waterslide into a competitive sport), facilities for regular sliding, a 48-foot-tall play structure, and a 27,000-sq.-ft. wave pool. (That’s larger than the one at the New Braunfels Schlitterbahn, for those of you keeping score.) Typhoon backers hope that the park will become a regional draw along the lines of the 3 Schlitterbahns, Spring’s Splashtown, and Astroworld (RIP).
This oddly-soothing drone video captures the sense of calm over the developing theme park:
The park will be situated just east of Katy Mills, and just north of the forthcoming Boardwalk District, a hotel-convention center-mixed-use-development-and-nature-area going in along Kingsland Blvd. A Texas Typhoon spokesman has said that the owners are holding about 20 more acres in reserve, on which they hope one day to build more rides and their own hotel.
Since the footage was taken, concrete has been poured into the lazy river:
The Body Slide tower is now up in the air:
As are the first few pieces of the 8 Lane Mat Racer:
The $45 million park was designed by Canadian waterpark firm WhiteWater West.
Video and Images: Typhoon Texas