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JUST ASK SHANE: Whatever Happened to Plans for Tri-Cities Water Park?

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KENNEWICK, WA - A lot of you are wondering whatever happened to the plans to build a new aquatic center in the Tri-Cities.  RuthEllen sent me an email asking, "Is the Tri-Cities ever going to get another water park?  It's been 'in the works' for about four years now!"

The easy answer is... not anytime soon.  Voters rejected a proposal in August 2013 to add one tenth of a percent to the sales tax in Benton and Franklin counties.  The money raised would've paid for the construction and operation of an indoor & outdoor aquatic facility that would've been located off Road 100 in Pasco.  Voters in Franklin County supported the proposal, but voters in Benton County rejected it, and it ultimately failed.

I spoke with the president of the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District, and he says they're working now to form a community task force to get public input on what type of project the group should pursue next.  He says they could propose the aquatic center again, or some other type of project.

"I think that shows a commitment by Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland to not give up even though we had a setback on that vote in August 2013.  We still are committed to bringing a regional project, whatever that may be, to the voters in the Tri-Cities that would enhance our quality of life here," said Don Britain, president of the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District.

Britain says the task force could start their work in early 2015, and bring a report back to the PFD board later that year.  Britain says it's highly unlikely we would see a public vote on any project proposal before 2016.

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com
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