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    Judge’s Comment: “Paradise Springs is a great example of what resort properties can do to meet the needs and desires of guests while minimizing impact on the environment.”

Paradise Springs, the Gaylord Texan Resort’s new 10-acre resort pool complex, may not be the biggest waterpark in the state, but it does feature some Texas-sized attractions.

Amenities include a 600-foot-long lazy river; a 6,000-square-foot family lagoon that includes two horseshoe-shaped “hot pool” lounge areas with warm water hydrotherapy jets; a 27-foot-tall water slide; a dedicated toddler pool; a zip line; plus a bar and grill, and a game pavilion.

The expansive lazy river, easily managed zip line and spacious wave pool accommodate a variety of age groups, making them popular with guests.

In keeping with the Western motif, the lazy river winds through a desert oasis; the zip line appears to be growing out of a twisted desert tree; and the water tower is designed to look like a creaky old windmill.

Efforts to spread the word about the new Paradise Springs were intense when it opened earlier this year. A VIP event and a media preview preceded the official May opening. The Home & Lifestyle Network, Fox and NBC filmed segments at the park, and advertising appeared in more than 12 regional newspapers and magazines.

Paradise Springs can handle private, catered functions for as many as 4,000.

In keeping with Gaylord Texan’s commitment to support the needs of the environment, Paradise Springs features a neutral color scheme that minimizes heat absorption, increasing energy efficiency. Additionally, all the materials used in the pool complex were obtained within a 500-mile radius, cutting down on transportation costs and rewarding local businesses. On-site transportation shuttles guests between the resort accommodations and Paradise Springs, eliminating their need to drive.