NEWS RELEASE April 10, 2014
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Grand Prairie Sales Tax Election for Mega Recreation Center and Water Park
GRAND PRAIRIE – On May 10, 2014, Grand Prairie voters will be asked to vote for or against using a ¼ cent retiring sales tax to build and operate a mega recreation center and indoor/outdoor water park. In 2015, the city will pay off the debt to build QuikTrip Park and The Summit. This means that the 1/8 cent tax for each of these venues can go away or be continued for another project for voter approval.
The proposed recreation center would be built in Grand Prairie’s Central Park at State Highway 161 between Arkansas Lane and Warrior Trail. In addition to the recreation center and water park, the project could include a library, all-accessible playground, amphitheater and trails. The new recreation center would be available for all ages and is proposed to include racquetball courts, basketball courts, multipurpose courts for volleyball and pickle ball, an indoor playground, indoor running/walking track, classrooms, a computer lab, exercise rooms, workout equipment, stage with flexible seating and a café.
The indoor/outdoor water park could include slides, chutes, a lazy river, surf rider, hot jets, swim lanes, zero edge entry, spray fountains and a children’s play pool.
If the referendum passes, the Grand Prairie sales tax will remain the same. If the
referendum is not approved, the city would retire the 1/8 cent sales tax for QuikTrip Park and 1/8 cent sales tax for The Summit. The city would not build the recreation center and water park, and the city’s sales tax portion would be reduced from 2 percent to 1¾ percent. The combined ¼ cent sales tax could then be devoted to another municipal use if approved by voters.
If approved, design would begin in the summer of 2014 , and opening would be scheduled for mid-to-late 2017.
"This proposed project is part of our Parks Master Plan, which was created based on input from citizens," Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen said. "The mega recreation center and water park will be a state-of-the-art facility like no other community has ever seen. In addition to the recreation amenities offered, we want this to be a place where teens come to have fun and learn, child and day camps will happen and the community gathers to enjoy the arts, get fit and have fun year-round."
Early voting is April 28-May 6 and election day is Saturday, May 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For information about voting, visit www.gptx.org/election or contact Cathy DiMaggio, City Secretary, at 972-237-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Central Park project, contact Rick Herold, Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department Director, at 972-237-8375 or email@example.com.