Water Park Considered, Some Opposed To City Spending

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)- Bryan Eckert is the father of a 5-year-old. He says he supports the city building a water park similar to the one Paragould has enjoyed for about three years now.

"I think it would be great because there's not a whole lot you can do here with your kids besides going skating or playing pool," said Eckert.

Jonesboro city leaders met Tuesday to discuss, among other items, the formation of a task force to work alongside the city's parks and recreation department on a study that would examine the pros and cons of new aquatics facilities.

"It also involves a great deal of input through a public process to let all citizens of Jonesboro identify what the aquatics needs are in our community," said Tony Thomas, of Parks and Recreation.

Payment for those aquatic needs, let's say a water park for example, would come out of taxpayers wallets. A thought that doesn't make some people happy.

"It's summer so the gas prices are going to go up and the water park would be cool here, but the taxes I don't know about," said Zach Bostwick.

While he wants to see a cool place for his son to play, Eckert says he doesn't want to foot the bill. He thinks a private company should come in and build a park.

"Absolutely not, I think with gas prices and food prices the way they are, then someone who wants to build it should pay out of their own pocket."

The public is invited to attend an open meeting with the aquatics task force on May 13th at the Forum Theater in downtown Jonesboro.

It's estimated a water park could cost the city $4 million.

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