Final rafters installed on Epic Waters, largest waterpark under one roof in US

One of the final trusses to the Epic Waters with its retractable roof is set in place. d©Bob Fitch – 2017

A milestone was reached on Tuesday when the final 384-foot-long trusses and 160-foot-wide trusses were lifted and installed on the spectacular retractable roof enclosure on Grand Prairie’s 62,000-square-foot Epic Waters located in Central Park near Arkansas and SH 161.

Mayor Ron Jensen speaks prior to the setting of the final rafters to the retractable roof on the Epic Waters indoor waterpark. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

The final trusses were lifted by crane more than 60 feet onto the roof of the largest indoor waterpark under a single roof in the US. Scheduled to open in fall 2017, the enclosure’s 36 customized retractable roof panels will let in abundant sunshine and fresh air on warm days, yet will be able to close securely at the first sign of precipitation or poor weather, letting everyone of all ages enjoy the park year-round.

“Our expansive enclosure for Epic Waters will blend the security of an indoor waterpark with the vibrant, sunlit atmosphere of an outdoor park,” says builder OpenAire President and CEO Mark Albertine, “the space itself is going to be as awe-inspiring as the park’s attractions.”

Epic Waters other features include:

  • An indoor aqua loop
  • The first boomerang and constrictor combination waterslide
  • The first two-person aqua sphere attraction in the US
  • One of the tallest slide towers in the country
  • A 69.5-foot high cupola

Mayor Ron Jensen said of Epic Water, “It is going to change, revolutionize Grand Prairie.” He added that with the Epic Waters, the under construction IKEA, Grand Prairie Premium Outlets and Traders Village, along with Lone Star Park, Verizon Theatre and AirHogs Stadium Grand Prairie will be a year-round regional draw for visitors.