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Carbondale community meets to discuss future of aquatics park

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

More than a dozen people met inside the Carbondale Civic Center Tuesday night to discuss the future of the city's aquatics park.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources suspended a $2.5 Million grant for the Super Splash Park in March. In October, the IDNR said it would reimburse only part of that grant to the Carbondale Park District, according to Park District Director Kathy Renfro. 

The park has about 70 days left of construction to be completed, according to Carbondale Park District Director Kathy Renfro.

In order to complete the project, the Park District will need to come up with $300,000, Renfro said. She plans to petition the Park District board to open a line of credit to complete the project and plans to fund-raise to pay it off.

An advocate and donor to the project, Ben Shepherd, said he's confident the community will raise the funds.

"But we can't really depend on the state so we got to depend on ourselves and I think we can do it," Shepherd said. "And I want to be an advocate for us and for my community and represent myself and for our children and I think we can make the case."

Citizens who attended the meeting offered several suggestions to raise the money including calling on corporate sponsors, private donations, and even partnering with Southern Illinois University Carbondale.        
          
Renfro said she'll take all of those comments into consideration and hopes to have a plan soon.

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