What’s 83 Feet Tall and Filled To The Brim With Fun?

By | Epic Extras

Let me bring you up to speed in case your daily travels don’t take you on Hwy. 161 between I-20 & I-30, or in case your travels take you along that road but you have not paid much attention to the cranes near 161 and Arkansas.

While we have been hard at work for months, the past few weeks have been very exciting with the skyline at the EPIC project changing by the hour. Just this past week the final pieces of the Cupola on Epic Waters were put in place thus topping off the immense aluminum framework of this awe-inspiring building.

While the 160’ x 384’ main building is already the talk of the town, the recent addition of the 83’ Cupola is icing on the cake. Even better yet, is what will fill the Cupola. Starting this week, multi-colored pieces of fiberglass will begin being lifted into place and it won’t be long before it looks like we have a huge bowl of colorful spaghetti winding around the building.

Now back to the Cupola. This additional height was needed to the building so we could fit in the tallest indoor aqua loop slide in the United States as well as a 70’ indoor plunge slide that will be the most adventurous.

In addition to these slides, other stops on your climb to the top lead you other amazing slides that include a four lane matt racer, aquasphere, boomerango, and an exhilarating body slide.

To keep up with the daily changes of the Epic Skyline why not visit www.epicwatersgp.com. In just a few short days our full website will launch where you can find out much more information all about EPIC Waters Indoor Waterpark.


Richard Coleman
Principal, American Resort Management


An EPIC Conference Experience!

By | Epic Extras

Over the Labor Day weekend, I started coordinating and booking my fall travel schedule. During the fall, amongst all my other travel dates, are two important conferences to attend. In October there is the World Water Park Association Show, and in November is the attractions expo for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

I have attended both for many years. While both organizations have many other events and tremendous resources to utilize throughout the year, the fall conferences have always been the most impactful to me.

The later of the two is the IAAPA attractions expo and this is an event, that for a newcomer, is a complete sensory overload. Everything that you can see, do, touch, taste, or experience at an amusement park, waterpark, carnival, museum, or any other similar attraction is on display in gigantic proportions. The talent, creativity, and experience at this Expo is beyond compare.

Now for the reason for the long back story. At last year’s attraction expo held by IAAPA, all of the organizations that had been diligently working on the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark were together in the same room at the same time. Up until this moment we may have all been together for meetings, but it usually involved at least some of the team members participating by teleconference.

For this specific meeting it was important to the visionaries from the City of Grand Prairie to have all of us together for one last “gut check” as to whether the design was truly EPIC! The meeting took place in what felt like the center of the expo floor. We were all huddled around a set of prints with some images being shown on a screen. It was during this meeting as well as throughout the entire expo that I saw the reactions of industry peers when showing off the final plans for Epic Waters.

Over the years I have become accustomed to hearing feedback when showing other projects that included comments like, “You should consider this”, or “Why did you not do this”, but when we showed the design of Epic Waters the comments were always, “Wow!”, “Amazing!”, or “Impressive!”.

As you can imagine the attendees at this expo are sometimes a very hard crowd to impress, however that is exactly what happened when anyone saw the images that were produced from the several years of hard work and countless hours from dozens of dedicated visionaries.

As I look at the most recent construction photos from the entire EPIC project, I get more excited by the day to see all of this hard work becoming a reality. When you experience Epic Waters I am confident you will say, “They got it right”.

See you all in 2017!


Richard Coleman
Principal, American Resort Management

The “EPICNESS” of EPIC Waters

By | Epic Extras


At first I thought the name sounded a bit boastful.

Not long after learning the name I was attending one of what seemed like a thousand design meetings. While sitting in this particular design meeting the EPICNESS of this project, for me, really started to take shape. It was at this meeting, as I looked around the room, I realized the leaders in Grand Prairie had assembled an amazing dream team to make this project truly EPIC.

We at American Resort Management are proud to be part of the team that brings the EPIC Waters Indoor Water Park to life! The EPICNESS of this facility will be evident from the first step you take inside and experience the moment of “Ahhhhhhh”. A massive transparent retractable roof will allow us to share the weather outside when desirable or better yet, if needed, protect you from the elements while maintaining a beautiful 85 degrees every day of the year.

Your next moment of Ahhhhhhhhhhhh hits when your eyes move to the giant slide complex where three of the slides will be first of their kind in the United States. Complementing the amazing slide complex will be one of the longest indoor lazy rivers, dedicated children’s area, activity pools and a 2 lane surf machine.

Your visit will include many more “Moments of Ahhhhhhhhhhhh” as you find additional amenities needed to round out your stay. Enjoy a meal, play some games in the family arcade or enjoy one of the family friendly activities that will be programmed throughout the day.

The intent has been to assemble a “cruise ship on land” type of experience that is not only family friendly but perfect for birthday parties, schools, social groups, corporate outings and private functions.

This world-class facility will be the pride of not only Grand Prairie but the entire region!

It is going to be grand….no wait, it is going to be amazing……no wait, I am trying to think of the proper word…..oh, I know………. it is truly going to be ……….EPIC!


Richard Coleman, CHA
Principal & Senior Vice President of Development & Operations
American Resort Management, LLC