Officials: New Aquatic Center Won’t Cost Taxpayers

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)--  Design work will begin immediately on a new aquatic park in the northern part of Jefferson Barracks County Park. Officials insist it won`t cost taxpayers a penny. The project will cost around $12 million.

Lemay residents are thrilled the project has gotten the green light.  The proposal includes two swimming pools, a lazy river, civic center and fitness facility.  Denny Coleman, the head of the St. Louis Economic Council said, "This will not cost the taxpayers of St. Louis County one cent."

Rivercity Casino will foot the bill.  When the gambling establishment was built it was agreed the casino would spend millions of dollars improving the Lemay community.

The 40 thousand square foot project will be unique to Lemay.  Coleman said, "There`s nothing like this anywhere in Lemay or even in close proximity in St. Louis County. This is going to be good for the Lemay community but also for residents in south St. Louis County."

Angie Gober is a parent and she`s excited about the new aquatic park, "I think it will be great and I know we`ll be there."

Officials hope to open the park by the summer of 2014.  Coleman added, "It is a big deal, it is a very big deal for the community"'

David Modglin owns a business in Lemay. He said, "They`re trying to building the area up again and revitalize it and I think its` a wonderful thing I really do."

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