City Discusses Water Park Potential for Cohen Stadium
POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:30am
EL PASO — The City of El Paso announced Thursday the possibility of bringing a water park to northeast El Paso, where Cohen Stadium sits.
City Manager Joyce Wilson said a private company approached city officials about the water park.
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"In addition which is equally exciting, we've been approached by a private company who would like to come into El Paso and perhaps do an attraction venue, a water park adventure park type of venue," Wilson said.
During a city press conference, City Manager Joyce Wilson told everyone that the water park would be built in northeast El Paso.
"We have just started that discussion and the cohen stadium site is actually the priority venue, and location for this simply because of its visibility, it's right off the highway," she said.
The details are not clear if Cohen Stadium will have to be demolished.
The Tigua Tribe is the current tenants at the stadium. They're lease isn't up until three more years. Speaking Rock said they've even been in contact with city officials about extending the lease. They said they had not heard about the plans for a new waterpark at their location.
The new water park would be the second in the borderland, along with Wet 'n' Wild in Anthony, Texas, which has been open for more than 30 years.
"It's not always the easiest thing to run a water park and to make money off of it so if city funds are going to be involved, i would say that should be a concern to the voters to compete against a private business with public dollars that might not make money," said manager Shaundra Edwards.
The company who appraoched the city is still unknown. City Manager Wilson said her office will start looking at the plans and see if they're resonable for El Paso.