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June 13, 2013

Lazy river no small chunk of change


"As a part of family entertainment and how that's centered on Bridge View Center, the trails and the renovation of downtown Ottumwa, adding attractions to The Beach makes sense," she said. "It would bring more people into our community, who would not only pay admission at The Beach but spend and eat at other businesses in town."

And a lazy river has many uses, Williams said, including becoming "an opportunity for wellness." Swimmers can walk both with and against the flow of the river for resistance training.

According to proposed designs, a lazy river would fit within the current layout of The Beach.

"It's designed to fit in between the indoor pool building, where the kiddie play area is, and the fence, so no more park space would have to be annexed," she said.

While the City Council designated the lazy river as a top priority during a strategic planning session last year, Councilman Brian Morgan said he would prefer to see The Beach's current features updated and upgraded before any features are added on.

"The lazy river would be great, and I'd love to see it," he said. "And if they can raise the money for the lazy river, plus the maintenance fund for it, then yeah, I guess I'm fine with it. The problem I have is there are so many things at The Beach ... that are in need of repair and updated. I think spending $1 million to $1.5 million just updating what we have already is going to do us just as much good financially as a lazy river."

Morgan said he wouldn't want to see the city's good bond rating and low debt service tarnished after years of work.

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