NRH2O, the first municipal water park in Texas and one of the first in the nation, is celebrating its 25th season this summer! The park opened in 1995 with three body slides, a river, and a wading pool. Today the 17- acre park has 23 attractions, including the park’s most notable attraction, the Green Extreme. At 1,100 feet, the Green Extreme is the country’s longest uphill water roller coaster. The ride offers exhilarating up and down thrills of a roller coaster with the unique experience of being propelled by jets of water.
Considered one of the best water parks in the country, the park has been recognized numerous times by Trip Advisor for service excellence and has also been awarded numerous awards by various national and international aquatic organizations.
Last summer, the park welcomed its 5.8 millionth visitor. Frank Perez, NRH2O General Manager has been with the park since it opened in 1995 and has personally trained more than 9,000 team members. “We take pride in knowing that NRH2O continues to exceed guest’s expectations every year”, Perez explained. The original vision of NRH2O was a “park within a park” where families could gather in a fun, safe, and clean environment. Many other water parks have acres of concrete. “NRH2O purposely designed the park to include open green space for an open and friendly experience”, Perez said.
The success of NRH2O led the way for more city-owned water parks throughout the DFW area including an influx of private water parks and water parks within hotels. Even with the competition, NRH2O takes pride in keeping some things the same since the beginning – FREE parking, FREE coolers, and most importantly a safe and clean atmosphere for families.
North Richland Hills residents may be surprised to hear that the park pays for its operational expenses through park revenue and therefore property taxes are not used to fund the park. Even better, NRH residents receive a discount for admission.