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Plans For Possible Tri-City Theme Park

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - There are plans for a possible theme park to be built in the Tri-Cities.

The Tri-River Sports Facilities group is behind the project.  130 acres of land is ear marked for a theme park that would stretch between Columbia Center Boulevard and Edison Street along the river.  

Organizers said it would be the biggest theme park in the Pacific Northwest.  They want to build beaches, gardens, boardwalks, amusement rides, educational centers, a concert venue that would hold up to 28,000 people and a lot more. 

However, they need to hear from the public and they also need approval from both Richland and Kennewick City Councils.  The theme park would span between both cities.

Tri-River Sports Facility unveiled plans at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Tri-River Sports Facility President Aaron Beasley said, "I raised four girls here and we always had to travel to do something fun.  I want them to come back here and stay here locally and have things to do."

Public Relations Representative Bob Mangione said, "We are working in collaboration with city government and city leaders.  They want to do what's right for the people and we want to make that happen."

Mangione said the theme park is expected to cost 150 million dollars and would be funded by private investment companies.

Beasley said they want to move the Columbia Drive Trail back towards the highway making more room for all the attractions.

Beasley said, "We want this to be a pwhere you want to come to have a week of fun.  We want to put the Tri-Cities on the map."

Representatives from the Tri-River Sports Facilities said they want the park to be a place where people all over the Northwest would come to visit. 

There is no set timeline for the project, but organizers said it would take a few years.