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Work on Simpsonville water park to begin - Dan Rodgerson

Work on Simpsonville water park to begin
The Greenville News - Greenville, S.C.
Author: April M Silvaggio
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Start Page: B.2
Section: Suburbs
Text Word Count: 354

Document Text
Groundbreaking set for Thursday at Southside Park

By April M. Silvaggio


SIMPSONVILLE -- When the Greenville County Recreation District breaks ground this week on an estimated $2.3 million water park complete with spouting geysers, splashy slides and a 270-foot lazy river, Jaquilla Perry plans to be there with her 3-year-old son, Jacob.

"I want to see what all the talk is about," the 29-year-old Simpsonville mother said.

"If it is going to be anything like the ones we've been to at the beach, I can already tell you we'll be at Southside Park all the time when it opens. It seems like it'll be a really neat place to take the kids."

The official is planned for a groundbreaking ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday at Southside Park on Baldwin Road.

Plans call for Discovery Island Family Aquatic Center to be opened this summer, said Dan Rodgerson, executive director of the recreation district.

On Thursday, folks can view the architectural renderings and through some visual aids see the actual size of the facility and the height of the tallest slide.

Along with the lazy river, the water park will include a 250-foot tube slide and a 185-foot body slide, as well as play structures and a play area to serve the smallest swimmers.

"To me, this is something Greenville County has needed," Perry said. "There is nothing like this anywhere around here."

And it is better than filling up a small plastic swimming pool in the back yard with a garden hose when the summer heat hits, she said.

"That is what we would be doing, because Jacob loves the water," she said.

Shelters will be in place at Discovery Island to accommodate parties, family reunions and corporate functions. The facility also will be available for private rental after hours.

It will be funded from the issuance of a low-interest revenue bond, which allows the proceeds from the use of the facility to pay for the debt service on the construction costs. Admission probably will cost $4-$6 per person, Rodgerson said.

Officials expect an estimated 40,000 people to use the park in its first summer.

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