Sturgis Aquatic Committee to Host Listening Meetings | Local News
STURGIS – The public is invited to attend an open house from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium of the Sturgis Community Center to learn more about Sturgis Lakeside Water Park.
There will be three sessions available during this period from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each session will have the same information available.
Consultants working at the Sturgis Lakeside Water Park will be in attendance at all Monday sessions to share several potential park layout designs as well as an assortment of equipment that could be provided in the park. The consultants will also provide the costs for all options.
The open house will continue from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the community center.
Organizers say public feedback is essential for this project to be successful.
The public is invited to stop by to ask questions, share ideas and submit comments about the park’s amenities, said Allison Carter, chair of the aquatic committee. The comments generated will be taken into consideration when the final presentations are prepared and presented to Sturgis City Council later this fall, she said.
The committee’s preliminary proposal calls for the construction of a four-acre lake with a beach, water slides, an aquatic obstacle course, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, a walking path, a wading pool. memorial and mini golf. It would also include toilets, concessions and shade structures. The preliminary price is approximately $ 3.5 million. But the price will depend on the design and the equipment chosen.
Funding for the project would come from the sale of land to the Sturgis Fairgrounds on Ball Park Road. The city would also create a TIF (Tax Increment Finance) district which would finance nearly $ 2 million of the project. Another $ 365,000 would come from grants and community fundraising.
The park would be fenced and admission charged for use of the facilities. The committee says the potential income could rise to around $ 150,000 per year. The annual park expenses are estimated to be roughly the same, making the project revenues neutral.
The park would be located between the baseball fields to the south and the softball fields to the north, essentially in the area where Sturgis Racecourse is currently located.
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