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Kennewick water park groundbreaking pushed back

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Groundbreaking on the Kennewick water Park Shark Reef was supposed to take place this fall, but the date has been pushed to July 1st 2011.

Developers, Mike Hillman and Dave Schlotthauer, say they ran into financial issues with the bank they were working with.  Since then, they have switched banks and are moving ahead.  They now plan to open Memorial Day 2012.    

"Honestly it's been a roller coaster, a lot of ups and downs.  We were very excited to start this fall, but obviously with the pit falls that the bank threw us, we've actually moved on," says developer Dave Schlotthauer.

The pair is now preparing for the groundbreaking.  They say the blueprint is complete, but there are a lot of behind the scenes work to get done.  Now, they say, the later date is actually a source of excitement.

"Oddly enough with us gearing for 2011, now that we have a full scope of what's expected for us to break ground and go through the construction process, I feel that we're even more confident and more experienced," says Schlotthauer.

KNDU also spoke with Jim Hale, the developer of the Pasco Bahama Bay Water Park.  He says the park is right on track and expected to open in 2012.