A ribbon cutting ceremony held at Corpus Christi's Hurricane Alley Waterpark on Monday, April 29, unveiled the newly named Momentum slide, celebrating the long partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. During the ceremony, a surprise announcement was also made, as the waterpark's owners, the Durrill family, revealed a $50,000 scholarship will be given to prospective students at the University.
"We're really excited here at Texas A&M Corpus Christi to be signing this cooperative arrangement with the waterpark, Hurricane Alley, because it's going to feature our momentum here on this slide, and show the community that we're here," said Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President, Dr. Flavius Killebrew. "The Durrell's just announced a great scholarship that's part of this too, and that's even better."
According to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Durrill Family has enriched the university experience for generations of students through the momentum sculpture donated to the campus that now stands at the front door of the Island campus. The cooperative arrangement with the Durrill's and Hurricane Alley Waterpark now further cements the University's role in the community, with the Momentum logo placed at the entrance of a large blue and green slide at the park.
And then there's the scholarship.
"This is a fantastic partnership for us; especially as we're looking at the scholarship. We do a wide variety of things, from life guarding, to safety, to engineering; we have to take care of water quality; we have a retail division, as well as our typical guest services. We're a little cosmos that can utilize lots of things that Texas A&M Corpus Christi is doing, and when we throw in the business side of it, it's amazing," said Hurricane Alley Waterpark's General Manager Jim Kunau. "I'm a marketing guy with an accountancy degree; we use all kinds of things in this park that make this one of the most interesting scholarships out there."
According to the waterpark's Principal Owner, Bill Durrill, in lieu of the scholarship, the prospective student would commit to working at the facility during the summer, while also receiving scholarship funds for books and tuition.
"It's something we've been wanting to do since we opened this place, and we finally have the ability to execute it in the way we envisioned it to begin with," said Durrill. "We've finally got the systems in place here to actually execute the concept of what we want a student to learn in a real world business environment."
With more than 100,000 visitors to the park each year, the cooperative arrangement between the park and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will further remind visitors that the University is a powerful and important asset to the Coastal Bend, and the scholarship will only further solidify that "momentum".
"We know how important the University is to the community," Durrill said. "That's why we wanted to make as strong a connection with them as possible."
The waterpark's season opens on May 10. For more information on season passes, upcoming events, and the newly named "Momentum" slide, visit www.hurricanealleycc.com.