The Schlitterbahn Beach Resort in South Padre was built using the pines from the huge wildfire in Bastrop. It’s an amazing example of sustainable building practices.
In 2011 over 32,000 acres were destroyed in the Bastrop fire. Logs, saved from the chipper, were destined for a new future. They were slated to be turned into everything from sculpture to tables, from outside walls to night stands and cabinets. A year after the wildfire, in August of 2012, our South Padre Schlitterbahn park held a soft opening of the brand new 221 room resort on the beach. The resort is combined with an indoor waterpark featuring 9 different rides/attractions including a wave river, two five story tall water slides and a pirate themed kids area.
Frankly the entire resort is a testament to Texas style recycling – over 3 miles of 3 inch mooring ropes of dozens of ships are painstakingly wrapped around giant concrete structural poles on the new upstairs 10,000 square foot patio, for example. The retractable greenhouse roof that covers the indoor waterpark is from an old Schultz nursery. Even the check in counter is from salvaged walnut trees pulled from a road project in Kansas. But it’s the Loblolly pines that have the most dramatic effect, especially to those who know the story of the fire.