DEL VALLE - NLand Surf Park is set to open on Friday after reaching an agreement with local and state officials about how the park will be regulated.
The park will be the first of its kind in America, featuring a 14-acre body of water with artificial waves for visitors to surf. The pool is filled with over 11 million gallons of rainwater, according to a release from the park.
The Travis County Commissions court filed a lawsuit in July to prevent the park from opening because of health concerns. County officials were concerned about the quality of the rainwater that would be used in the pool.
In a release, park representatives said that they are using a "state-of-the-art water treatment system that utilizes bio-filtration, permanent media filtration, ozone and chlorine to treat the water. Independent testing shows the water quality meets or exceeds standards set by organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency."
"As a surfer and an engineer, NLand has been a dream of mine for the past 20 years. We have had our share of challenges, but they are behind us and I look forward to sharing our waves with the world," said Doug Coors, NLand’s founder.
“NLand represents innovation in technology, sustainability and sport. While this innovation outpaced regulation, I am glad an agreement was reached as this project represents the best of Austin,” said Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez.
Beginning October 7, NLand will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Mondays from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. You can find passes and more information here.
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