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NRH2O Family Water Park
North Richland Hills, TX

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  • Pool Type Outdoor 25-Yard, Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation, Water Parks
  • Project Service Design Services, Facility Audit, Impact Study
  • StatusCompleted 1995
  • ArchitectBrinkley Sargent Architects

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Counsilman-Hunsaker was commissioned to design a unique and exciting 17-acre outdoor waterpark for North Richland Hills. The city’s objective was to provide a fun, rewarding experience for every waterpark guest. With that in mind, Counsilman-Hunsaker designed a variety of water attractions to appeal to many age groups.
Amenities of the grand water park include:

Six Waterslides – Of the six innovative waterslides, three are body slides:

  • one that sends riders through near darkness into the water; another provides a calmer, open-flume ride; and a third offers twists and turns in an enclosed tube.
  • The other three are double-rider inner tube slides:
  • one with sloping drops; another that is totally enclosed and tubular; and one that is seven stories tall with 1,161 ft. of twists and turns, propelling riders at an average of 19 ft. per second.

NRH2Ocean – A wave pool with zero-depth entry includes a “dive-in” where movie guests can watch the latest flick every evening at dusk.

Splashatory – An amazing five-story play feature includes six more waterslides, interactive water activities, and a giant tipping beaker.

A lazy river serpentines through a section of the park, allowing guests to relax on inner tubes and enjoy the scenery. Also included is a children’s area, designed for guests less than 48” tall, complete with an array of chutes and water activities.

Expansion to Increase Market Penetration / Master Plan – 2006

North Richland Hills has aggressively continued to increase market penetration with four expansions, including a Master Blaster, Flume Waterslide, Interactive Play Features, and the support of a banquet facility with additional food service outlets. Having been a member of many of these design teams, in 2006, Counsilman-Hunsaker was asked to be a part of a summit of industry leaders to identify potential opportunities to continue the success of NRH2O. Market segments were studied, including demographics and area aquatic providers. The outcome of this effort offered a Marketing Development Plan to fulfill demographic groups not frequenting the facility, resulting in a teen center, which opened in the summer of 2009. Based on the finding from the study, the city retained the design team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Brinkley Sargent Architects to design the new NRH Rec Center which includes 85,000 sq. ft. facility featuring an indoor leisure pool and spa with high end finishes.

Marketing Development Plan for Expansion: 2013

Develop of a Long Term Development Plan was completed in December 2013 which will guide the development of the remaining expansion area and ultimate build out for NRH2O Family Water Park. The long-term plan will not only include the potential for the park’s future expansion and development, but also take a comprehensive assessment of the existing attractions, existing themes within the park, signage, parking and parking lot circulation. The recommendations from the plan also included the park’s ability to respond to the recreational and economical needs of the service area and its guests and to the increasingly competitive water park industry. Goals included:

1. Performing an analysis of the existing conditions of NRH2O.

2. Establish a proactive interface with key stakeholders to create a “shared vision” for the park.

3. Establish the development of reasonable long-term and short-term action plans that address new and traditional experiences for current and future guests of the park.