City to Host Public Forum on Need for Jonesboro Water Park

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro's Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public town hall meeting to get public input on the potential need for the development of a new aquatics center and water park.  The meeting is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 13, at the Forum Theater.

Concerned about the future of "aquatic programming" in the community, the city retained the services of a Jonesboro architect firm, as well as an aquatics/recreation consulting firm.  Representatives of those firms will be on hand at the forum.

The city is at a critical point regarding the future of aquatics facilities, according to Parks & Rec Director Jason Wilkie.  "The Earl Bell (Community Center) pool and the YMCA pool are both at the end of their projected life cycles.  It is likely that one or both of those pools could cease to function in the next five years or near future," said Wilkie.  "If both were to fail, there would be no public swimming, no public place to cool off on a hot summer day and no place for swim teams to train."