New Water Slide Causing an Outpouring of Opinions

It's been several years since a major new feature was installed at Castaway Cove but the new slide doesn't have everyone overflowing with joy.

By next May, drought restrictions permitting, a $1 million dollar Aqualoop slide may be ready to thrill water fun seekers at Castaway Cove.

And it's already getting a thumbs up from some parkgoers.

"The older ones get bored in a hurry on the same thing all the time, especially when they've been to the bigger cities and bigger water park and it makes a difference," says Melinda Epperson, who is for the city moving forward with the new waterslide.

"It's a good thing because every now and then it gets a little boring just doing the same thing over and over again," adds Erin Wolf.

But the council's decision to move forward has some speaking out.

"I think they ought to forget it.. the slide... until at least times get better. I don't know. They just do some dumb things as far as I'm concerned," says Willard Dorsey, who is against the waterslide.

"Seems like something that could wait a few years. They could definitely hold off," says Anna Vaughan, who is also against the waterslide.

"Personally I think it's a dumb idea to spend another million or so on more water problems than what we already have. But hey, what do I know. I'm just the one who's gonna pay for it anyway," adds Chino Solano

City officials say most of the money for the new waterslide will come from the water park operating reserves.

"And that is reserve funds that have been set aside from the net profits over the last three years with the sole purpose of being able to make improvements to the water park," says Kevin Hugman, assistant city manager for the city of Wichita Falls.

Hugman says that reserve contains about $750,000.

He says the remaining $250,000 would come from 4B Sales Tax money.

Still, the city's current water woes have some who are unwilling to pour their support behind a new waterslide.

City leaders decided to proceed with getting the new slide because they say if they wait inflation and higher construction costs could increase price up to $100,000.

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