Friday, July 19, 2013

Schlitterbahn – It’s Cool to be Green!




schlitterbahn_waterparks_resorts_logoI’ve always been a huge fan of green initiatives and I try to do my part and encourage my kids to do little things like conserve water and electricity at home and reusing old things and turning them into something else for art projects and recycling. So I’m always excited to hear about and share what other people and companies are doing when it comes to “being green”. One of my favorite concepts about Schlitterbahn is that the water from some of their rides comes from the river, which makes it extra cold on a hot Texas summer day! Here’s some more great information about Schlitterbahn and what they’ve done to be green.

Green Before Green Was Cool:

Schlitterbahn, which was born on the banks of a river, has always been a steward of the water in the park. 98% of the water is recaptured, filtered, and reused all season. Our new resort in South Padre is built out of wood reclaimed from the wildfires that took place in Austin.

DG_20120201_0023-1024x685 Loblolly Pines:  In 2011 a major wildfire raged through Bastrop County, Texas in September. Three separate fires started during Labor Day weekend and by the time it was controlled, it destroyed 1,691 homes and burned over 34,000 acres of land including the vast majority of Bastrop State Park’s 5,900 acres of Loblolly pines. The Lost Pines Forest, thought to have originated in or before the Pleistocene era, was also heavily impacted.

For safety, the burned pines had to be removed. These scorched trees were destined for the grinder who would have turned them into mulch. Jeff Henry with Schlitterbahn offered to take the felled trees, then had them milled, beginning the process of transforming the pines from scorched wood to the most dramatic feature throughout the Schlitterbahn Beach Resort at South Padre.

SBR_Hotel2 Here’s where you’ll find the Bastrop Pines in the resort:

  • Rooms:  In most rooms the cabinets, coffee tables, nightstands, and headboards are made from the Bastrop Loblolly pines.
  • Dining areas: Large tables are made from the Loblolly pines.
  • Lobby: The large tree stump tables by the doors leading to the heated pool are from the fire, as is the siding along many of the interior walls.
  • External: The siding on the outside walls of the resort are made from Loblolly pine.

Ropes:  Over three miles of 3-inch mooring ropes of dozens of former ships have been painstakingly wrapped around giant concrete structural poles in our Sea 4ever 10,000 square foot patio.

Green House: The retractable roof over our indoor water park was built from a large greenhouse – an old Schultz nursery.

Lobby Check in Counter: Built from salvaged walnut trees which were pulled from a road project in Kansas.

Parapet Walls: The hatch covers came off a famous US Troop carrier the John E. Pope and are used on parapet walls and also to make tables. Over 500 are on site.

Chandeliers: The beautiful chandeliers hanging in the Sea 4ever event patio were salvaged from an ageing Vegas hotel.  Our team glued shells to them and hung in the ceiling.

Waterslides: Yes, even some of the water slides were recycled. The water slides came from a park in Cleveland Ohio, were salvaged, refurbished, and re-installed.

Handrails: An old Dutchman Downs Stadium was the source for all the handrails.

There’s still plenty of summer left! Grab your tickets (with these great discount codes) and head to Schlitterbahn today!


$5 off 1 Day Tickets- PROMO CODE 299000335

$10 off 2 Day Tickets- PROMO CODE 299000334

Want a chance to win free tickets?! Check out the Schlitterbahn Instagram Contest and take part in the Summer #BahnFever on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All information provided courtesy of US Family Guide and Schlitterbahn. I received free Schlitterbahn tickets for my work with this campaign. No monetary compensation was received.


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