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UPDATE - Rosemeade Rainforest Not Opening This Season; City Offers Additional Free Hawaiian Falls Event

Post Date:06/04/2019 7:30 PM

Hawaiian-Falls-Day-August-8Regrettably, the City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) will not open for the season due to construction delays.

The City will not compromise quality or safety and does not want to cut corners on the promised scope of the project. Rosemeade Rainforest has always been and will continue to be a premier aquatic destination. Based on the latest estimated construction completion date, it is not feasible to open the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex at all this season.

As a thank you to residents for their patience during the renovations, City Council arranged for a free Hawaiian Falls private event for Carrollton residents. That event was held on Friday, July 26 and was a great success. With the new information that the pool will not open for the remainder of this season, the City would like to offer an additional Hawaiian Falls event on Thursday, August 8 from 6-9 p.m. Wristbands will be required for entrance to Hawaiian Falls for the free event on August 8 only. On Monday, August 5 from 5-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while supplies last, residents can stop by either Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road) or Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway) to show their ID verifying Carrollton residency (driver license with Carrollton address, or photo ID and Carrollton utility bill) and receive wristbands for their household members.  Households that previously received wristbands will not be eligible to attend this newly scheduled event. Wristbands are limited; this is a first-come, first-served opportunity.

“We understand the inconvenience this situation has caused, and we appreciate the patience of our residents," Mayor Kevin Falconer said. "We hope this is a small consolation and that everyone who can attend enjoys some time at Hawaiian Falls.”

The City will continue its partnership with the City of Farmers Branch for Carrollton residents to be able to visit the Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park (14032 Heartside Place) for the remainder of this swim season, with daily admission at the resident rate of $5 per person. The Frog Pond Water Park is open through Labor Day. For more detailed days and hours of operation, visit fbh2o.com.

The W.J. Thomas and Oak Hills splash parks are available free to the public and will remain open through October 15.

To watch the City Council’s previous discussions about the Rosemeade Rainforest project, click here and here. For more information about the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex upgrades, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pools. For more details about the free Hawaiian Falls event, call 972-466-3080.



UPDATE - City of Carrollton Distributes Last Wristbands to Residents for Hawaiian Falls Event

Post Date:                  07/24/2019 7:00 PM

Wristbands are no longer available for the City of Carrollton’s private event at Hawaiian Falls in The Colony. The event has reached its maximum attendance count. Distribution of wristbands began at both Recreation Centers at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 and both locations were out of wristbands by 7 pm. The wristbands were given on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies were limited. The City of Carrollton would like to thank all of its residents for waiting patiently during the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex renovation and upgrades and hope all those who attend the event will have a wonderful time.




City of Carrollton to Host Private Event for Residents at Hawaiian Falls

Post Date:       07/23/2019 9:47 AM  

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As a thank you to residents for waiting patiently during the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex renovations and upgrades, City Council has arranged for the City to host a private event for Carrollton residents at Hawaiian Falls on  Friday, July 26 from 6-9 p.m.

Beginning Wednesday, July 24 at 5 p.m. through Friday, July 26 at 2 p.m., residents can stop by either Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road) or Rosemeade Recreation Center (1330 E. Rosemeade Parkway) to show their ID verifying Carrollton residency (driver license with Carrollton address, or photo ID and Carrollton utility bill) and receive wristbands for their household members.

Those wristbands will be required for entrance to Hawaiian Falls for the free event on Friday, July 26 only.  This is a first-come, first-served opportunity as wristbands are limited.

Pick up times at both Recreation Centers are from 5-9 p.m. on July 24; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 25; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26. For more details, contact 972-466-3080.

 



UPDATE - Newly Remodeled Rosemeade Rainforest Projected to Open Early August
Post Date:                  07/10/2019 11:32 PM

rosemeadeThe City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) is now projected to open Friday, August 2 due to weather-related construction delays and contractor failures.

Frisco-based Gold Medal Pools, the company making the voter-approved improvements to the Rainforest, gave an update to the Carrollton City Council at the Tuesday, July 9 meeting.

Craig Kooda, General Contractor, said he feels meeting the July 26 deadline is “definitely attainable” for the construction team. “We’ve been out there working seven days a week to get this project completed.”

Kooda said the rain earlier in the season, some mistakes made by the crews, and shortages in the construction labor market have all contributed to the delay at Carrollton’s Rosemeade Rainforest.

Mayor Kevin Falconer and the City Council made it clear the company has not fulfilled the contract stipulations. And while the company is paying the $1,500 daily penalty fee for each day the project is delayed past the original agreed upon completion date, that amount is still less than half of what would be a daily revenue for a fully open and functioning Aquatic Complex. Because of this, Council has asked Gold Medal Pools to offer something to compensate Carrollton citizens for having to wait almost all season for the amenity that was originally scheduled to open at the beginning of the regular pool season.

No concrete plans for a Grand Re-Opening event or special access to an exclusive water park location have been made yet.

“It’d be great to give our residents something nice to thank them for their patience,” Falconer said.

Gold Medal Pools’ new completion date of Friday, July 26 would allow for City aquatics staff to come onsite, prepare the facility and the property, and open on Friday, August 2 for the remainder of the season through Labor Day.

Falconer said he is not confident in the company nor the new completion date.

Kooda and the company’s construction lead Daren Altieri both said they understand the City’s frustration with Gold Medal Pools because of the delays and want to help alleviate the strain on relationships between residents and the City as an organization.

“It’s impacted everyone,” Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Frances Cruz said. “This was a big highlight of the Bond program and we don’t have much to show for it yet.”

Each member of Council reiterated their disappointment in the delayed opening and the excuses given by Gold Medal Pools.

“There’s no reference here right now, so finish strong and treat our citizens right,” Councilmember Steve Babick said.

Because of the delayed opening, daily entrance fees once the pool is open will be discounted to $3 per resident and $6 per non-resident on both weekdays and weekends.

The City of Carrollton has partnered with the City of Farmers Branch for Carrollton residents to be able to visit the Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park for daily admission at the resident rate of $5 per person. Carrollton residents will also be able to purchase season passes to the Frog Pond Water Park at the resident rate of $50 per person three years and older, $130 per family (up to four members), and $10 per additional family member. Frog Pond season passes will be honored at Rosemeade Rainforest once it is open.

“This delay has also impacted our sister city; we appreciate Farmers Branch being so gracious,” Falconer said.

To watch the City Council’s full discussion about the Rosemeade Rainforest project, visit carrolltontx.legistar.com. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pools.

 


 

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UPDATE - Rosemeade Rainforest Projected to Open Mid-July; City Expands Partnership with Farmers Branch
Post Date:                  06/4/2019 7:30 PM

The City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) is now projected to open mid-July due to weather-related construction delays. An exact opening date will be dependent upon Mother Nature.

Because of the delayed opening, daily entrance fees once the pool is open will be discounted to $3 per resident and $6 per non-resident on both weekdays and weekends.

The City of Carrollton has partnered with the City of Farmers Branch for Carrollton residents to be able to visit the Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park for daily admission at the resident rate of $5 per person. Carrollton residents will also be able to purchase season passes to the Frog Pond Water Park at the resident rate of $50 per person three years and older, $130 per family (up to four members), and $10 per additional family member. Frog Pond season passes purchased by Carrollton residents will be honored at Rosemeade Rainforest once it is open.

Frisco-based Gold Medal Pools, the company making the voter-approved improvements to the Rainforest, gave an update to the Carrollton City Council at the meeting on Tuesday, June 4. President Josh Sandler said the company regularly includes an estimation of rain days in its construction proposal. Sandler said Gold Medal Pools estimated approximately 17 days of rain over the course of the Rosemeade construction, but there have been 94 days since the project began.

"We are committed to this project,” Sandler said. “This delay is not due to lack of manpower, but to a lack of a window of time to work. We’ve fought hard to work through the weather.”

To watch the City Council’s full discussion about the Rosemeade Rainforest project, visit carrolltontx.legistar.com. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pools.

 



UPDATE - Farmers Branch Water Park Open to Carrollton Residents Beginning May 25 During Rainforest Renovation
Post Date:                  05/20/2019 3:47 PM

Pool-Opening-Update-imageThe City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) opening, including swim lesson registration and private party rental opportunities, continues to be postponed for weather-related construction delays. 

An exact opening date has not yet been set and will be dependent upon Mother Nature, so the City of Carrollton has partnered with the City of Farmers Branch for Carrollton residents to be able to visit the Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park beginning Saturday, May 25 for daily admission at the resident rate of $5 per person. This arrangement is good for daily admission, but not season passes and will be honored until the Carrollton facility opens. 

Although the facility opening and swim lesson registration has been delayed, the City has found a way to offer swim lessons at the Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District Natatorium Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 13 in the afternoon hours. Registration will be available for Carrollton residents beginning Friday, May 24. For more details, visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.

As a reminder, the W.J. Thomas and Oak Hills splash parks have opened for the season and are available free to the public.

Additional Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park Details:
Frog Pond Resident rate is $5 per person 3 years old and up (2 and under are free).
$3 Spectator Fee for anyone NOT swimming
$5 Outside Food and beverage fee per cooler/bag; concessions are available onsite

 Hours:
 Saturday, May 25:  12-6pm
 Sunday, May 26:  12-6pm
 Monday, May 27:  12-6pm
 May 28-30:   Closed
 Friday, May 31:  12-6pm

 

 Regular Operating Hours Starting June 1:
 Monday/Wednesday:  11am-7pm
 Tuesday/Thursday:  12-8pm
 Friday, Saturday & Sunday:  12-6pm

 

For updates on the Rosemeade Rainforest improvements, visit cityofcarrollton.com/pools.

 


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UPDATE - City of Carrollton Pool Opening Postponed to Mid-June
Post Date:                  4/17/2019 1:36 PM

The City is excited about the voter-approved improvements coming to Rosemeade Rainforest this summer. Amenities scheduled as part of the upgrade include a newly built restroom, concession, and office building, as well as a shaded toddler splash pool, zero-depth entry activity pool, four-foot pool with seating wall, a diving well, and more! Due to weather and construction delays, the pool opening will be postponed to mid-June. To accommodate residents during the delay, the City is exploring a partnership with Farmers Branch and discounting annual memberships.  Details are in the works.  Also, as a reminder the City’s two free splash parks are scheduled to open May 1. Continue to check cityofcarrollton.com/pools for updated information.

 

 

 


Carrollton Pool Opening Postponed for Weather-Related Delays
Post Date:                  3/27/2019 4:46 PM

The City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) opening, including swim lesson registration and private party rental opportunities, has been postponed for weather-related construction delays.

Voters approved improvements as part of the 2018 bond election including a brand new restroom, concession, and office building, a toddler splash pool with shade, a zero-depth entry main pool with water features, a four-foot activity area in the main pool with a seating well, a makeover to the diving well, and more.

The Rainforest section also features two platform levels with bridge, water cannons, bubblers, spray bars, water slides, a 200 foot lazy river, and a 600 gallon dump bucket. The Main Pool section consists of a zero-depth entry activity pool with a depth of 4 feet, a 25 meter lap pool with eight lanes, a diving well, and two 22-foot-tall water slides. 

The facility also includes a bathhouse, deck space, picnic tables, lounge chairs, shaded areas, plenty of parking, and starting this summer, the Rosemeade Rainforest will have new hours of operation:

 

 Monday-Thursday  11am-8pm
 Friday  11am-6pm
 Saturday  10am-6pm
 Sunday  1pm-6pm
   

 

Swim lessons are offered from the American Red Cross June through August, at the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. Instructors are trained to make learning fun in a safe environment while providing a balanced program that teaches swimming skills and water safety to everyone from infancy to adulthood. Registrations will be announced at a later date.

For updates and more information on the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex, visit cityofcarrollton.com/aquatics or call 972-466-6399.


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