New Mayan-themed neighborhood water park coming to El Paso

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A Lost Kingdom Neighborhood Waterpark will soon be coming to El Paso.  

The groundbreaking was Thursday at Ross Middle School.

It was speculated that the water park would be built where the baseball field is at Ross Middle School. However, City Engineer Sam Rodriguez said it will be built next to the baseball field, where old classroom buildings used to stand. 

“The pools were 1960s recreation rectangular pools,” Rodriguez said. “Now with the way the trends are over the past years, we’re just trying to catch up to what the rest of the country is doing. In providing better amenities and a better recreation opportunity for the community.”  

The ancient ruins theme idea came from the community. It will include water slides that look like snakes, a waterfall and even a Mayan calendar painted on the bottom of the diving pool. When completed the park will provide things like slides, a lazy river, climbing wall, cabanas and a new bridge that you can hold on to and the drop into the water from, Rodriguez said.

The water park was originally going to be built at Liz Moryma Gonzalez Park in Central El Paso. However, the community surrounding that park spoke out about the potential parking issues. 

“We were able to work with the school district to find a location nearby that was going to give us the additional space that we need to be adding parking spaces,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to be adding about 100 spaces in this location.

Rodriguez added that the city has an agreement with the school district which allows for the overflow parking to be in the Ross parking lot. 

This is just one of four new water parks coming to the borderland, everyone has its own theme.

Central: Mayan theme

Northeast: Outdoor adventure theme

East: Fiesta 

Far East: Ranch theme

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