City officials begin plans for water park, fitness center

City officials begin plans for water park, fitness center
Lake City officials begin discussions about building a water park and fitness center at the old school property on Catfish Drive. (Source: KAIT-TV)

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - An old Region 8 school building is in the process of being torn down.

And what Lake City officials are hoping to replace it with will benefit the entire community.

It's still in the early stages, but the plan is to build a water park, a fitness center, and a community building in its place.

Lake City purchased the old school property on Catfish Drive several years ago.

Officials still have some work to do as far as tearing down and clearing out the lot.

But, Mayor Jon Milligan said he wants to restore the old gym building to preserve some of the city's history and use it as a community building.

The rest of the lot would hold a water park and a fitness center, something for the whole family to enjoy.

"We're trying to come up with something as a city here to reach all ages and make the quality of life better," Milligan said.

Milligan also sees it as an economic boost, opening up job opportunities for adults and even students looking for after school or summer employment.

Right now, he's working with an engineer to create a drawing for the facility.

Once they get that completed, officials will start looking at grants and other funding options to get this project rolling.

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