Round Rock - Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | November 2020

maintenance and managerial roles. “This was a unique time to be open- ing a facility like this in the tourism and hospitality industry,” Ball said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that [Kalahari has] been able to swoop in and provide some opportunity for some families that otherwise would have been hurting right now.” Arnold has spent more than 30 years working in the hospitality indus- try. Kalahari’s Nov. 12 grand open- ing in Round Rock will mark his 14th

four years, but Arnold said bringing the project to its culmination during the pandemic has posed unforeseen obstacles. However, because con- struction was classied as an essential industry during the pandemic, Arnold said the development was able to stay on track for its opening date and that social distance has been main- tained among construction crews throughout the development site. Similarly, despite unprece- dented unemployment gures throughout the Greater Austin area, Arnold said Kalahari’s employment

resort launch—an undertaking, he said, that has been one for the books. “I’ve never experienced any- thing like it,” Arnold said. “There’s been moments of it that have been more rewarding than any- thing I’ve ever done, and there’s been moments that have been more dicult than ever before.” Wave of growth Kalahari’s Round Rock location has been in the works for more than

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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area—an organization that helped run drive-thru and virtual job fairs for Kalahari this summer—in an email. By spring 2021, Kalahari Resort Gen- eral Manager Tim Arnold said, the resort is expected to employ approx- imately 1,200 people across vari- ous industry concentrations, from culinary and housekeeping posi- tions to information technology,

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions will bring plenty of dining and entertainment options to its Round Rock location. Here are some of the key features guests will be able to explore Nov. 12. MAKING ITS MARK

Kalahari key highlights

• 1.5 million-square-foot resort • 223,000-square-foot indoor water park • 80,000-square-foot adventure park • 200,000-square-foot convention center • 975 -room hotel

PHOTOS COURTESY KALAHARI RESORTS & CONVENTIONS

Cinco Niños restaurant

Indoor water park entrance

Adventure park

Thrills

Dining options

Entertainment options • Outdoor space with retail and live entertainment • Spa and salon • Indoor, outdoor event spaces • Piano lounge • Moroccan-inspired shopping market

• Arcade • Adventure park • Virtual reality games • Indoor and outdoor water park rides and slides • Lazy rivers • Swimming pools • Wave pool

• Tex-Mex • Steakhouse • Gelato shop • Bakery • Holiday-themed buets

Site amenities include retail stores, an indoor adventure park and a piano lounge.

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