Greenwood officials weigh options for new water park

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GREENWOOD – Splash fountains, water slides and a lazy river are on the way to Greenwood. Now, city leaders need to decide how they want them to look.

The city’s pool committee showed off two concept drawings for the $10 million aquatic facility that will go in Freedom Park.

Both feature water slides and splash zones for kids and adults along with a lap pool and diving boards. One has a more expensive filtration system; the other design has more water features and fewer filters. City officials will weigh the pros and cons of each concept before selecting the final design.

The city hopes the water park will encourage business and residential growth. In addition, they hope to attract tourists outside of Johnson County who will then shop and eat at area restaurants, bolstering the local economy.

The city will finance the project with money from two tax-increment financing districts, allowing Greenwood to build it without raising taxes or putting it to a public referendum.

Construction is set to begin over the next few months. The water park is expected to open in June 2014.

Greenwood aquatic rendering 1

Option 1 includes three separate filtration systems./Image from Banning Engineering

Greenwood aquatic rendering 2

Option 2 includes two separate filtration systems./Image from Banning Engineering


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