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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It's official. The planned $41 million Schlitterbahn Waterpark is one step closer to becoming a reality. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday on Padre Island.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from the Padre Isles Country Club with the details.

There was plenty of excitement from the crowd as they watched the mayor and the owners of Schlitterbahn break ground with golden shovels and construction equipment.

For the first time, we were able to see what the waterpark will look like, as an artist rendering of the 65-acre project, including rivers, rides, slides, surf and lodging, was put on display. It will be the fifth waterpark built by the family-owned and operated Schlitterbahn.

"This park is going to be our newest, most modern, prettiest, best park we've ever built," said Jeff Henry of Schlitterbahn Waterparks.

"We've had our eye on Corpus for a long, long time," said Robert Henry, also of Schlitterbahn Waterparks. "We had to develop our techniques to a finer point. Takes a lot of time and money. We've waited for Corpus to grow up to it, and I believe you're there."

Early during the development, there was some concern that the country club and golf course would be removed, but that will not be the case. It will remain in place, and it will be improved.

Schlitterbahn plans to open by March of next year.

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