Updated 01/30/2013 10:15 PM
Cedar Park Schlitterbahn, sink or swim?
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It has been three years since Schlitterbahn announced a new location in Cedar Park, but plans for the water park are still up in the air.
Cedar Park officials say the city and Schlitterbahn are still discussing the project. The original plan for a $360 million park between Highway183 and Interstate-35 has been scrapped.
Plans fell through when Schlitterbahn couldn't round up enough cash, and the location was changed to FM 1431 and Parmer Lane.
The new location would certainly change things for Rebecca Alexander, whose family owns The Drinking Tee Inn just down the road.
"The location is really tranquil and you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere," she said. "We all were really optimistic it would be good for business."
Representatives for Schlitterbahn first announced plans for the multi-million dollar park in 2010. The news had a ripple effect across Williamson County.
The news of Schlitterbahn in Cedar Park scared away investors for Blu Bamboo's plans to build a 50 acre park off Toll Road 130 in nearby Pflugerville.
"We'd be more than willing to talk to Schlitterbahn about their project, but we wouldn't want to interfere with anything Cedar Park's doing," Floyd Akres with the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation said.
Schlitterbahn reps admit while they’ve scaled back plans from what was announced three years ago, they're still working to find the project a home.
The Alexanders hope that home is near theirs.
"It's going to bring in families, but I really think it’s going to bring in all kinds of people,” Rebecca said.
All kinds of people and plenty of water--the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation tells YNN the parks use about 7 million gallons of water annually. On a peak summer day, Pflugerville citizens use about nine million gallons.