might be getting a substantial addition next year.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners discussed the feasibility of pursuing a new water slide to replace the current, aging one at .
“Basically, (the current water slide) is a 21-year-old wooden tower,” Park District Director Debbie Kopas said. “At that age, we realize it’s nearing the end of its useful life.”
The new water slide is not part of the current budget, though. had originally planned on entering into a joint project with the to replace the shared roof of the and simultaneously, cutting down costs in the process. Since then, however, Homewood has reallocated budget money in favor of funding the in , according to Kopas. As a result, the commissioners are now considering using the roof money, budgeted at roughly $100,000, for a new water slide.
While building specifications have yet to be determined, all commissioners agreed to lean towards a higher-end model (similar to the accompanying diagram) since the project is such a long-term investment.
“If the funds allow, I personally feel the bigger the better,” President Steve Johnson said. “We have to live with this for (at least) 20 years.”
But Johnson’s concern for roof lingers:
“Can we, as a afford not to put a new roof on () right now?” Johnson said.
The district will be working to determine how imperative the roof replacement is. The answer will likely determine the ultimate water slide decision.