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Ever been to Point Mallard???

Posted by alalto on July 30, 2008


Have you?

Cause if you haven’t, I’d recommend you go there before you become one of the ones that goes just because it’s the “cool thing” to do.

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap is desperately looking for funding for improvements on Point Mallard Park. As many of you know, Point Mallard is where “America’s First Wave Pool” lies. Well, for the part that you may not be so familiar with is the increasing revenues that the park is experiencing during this horrible horrible HORRIBLE economic downturn.

I say this with sarcasm because the entire park has seen a revenue increase of 14%. Divided out, that’s 7% for the aquatic center, 9% for the general park, 19% for the golf course, 5% for the ice rink, and 24% for the campground.

Now, that’s grand over all. But, when you realize that the ice rink has not been the most popular attraction in Decatur it becomes pretty gasp-worthy. And the 24% for the campground, that’s just down right outstanding.

Well, Jeff Dunlap is looking for the city council to include in the bond issued for the Sweetwater development, funding for a lazy river ($2 Million). Dunlap is also asking that the city council hand the park $180,000 to provide sewer hookups to the the C and D parts of the campground. The campground is usually booked completely throughout the year by people who are wanting to stay throughout the entirety of the city’s festivals held at the park.

You may be asking, what justifies all this? Well, the fact that the Aquatic Center is the 2nd most popular amusement park in the state might just give you that answer. Also, with the recent downturn in the economy and increasing gas prices, more people are staying closer to home and going to more local attractions.

Dunlap is hoping to capitalize on all of this by allowing the park to continue setting attendance and revenue records, as it has been each year for about the past 5 years.

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Ordinance Adopted

Posted by alalto on July 29, 2008


All voting members of the Decatur City Council voted in favor of the ordinance for the incentives for the Sweetwater development.  Billy Jackson (the council president) wasn’t very clear on what all the ordinance included, but I’m going to do some research and try to figure out what all is included.  Mr. Jackson made it seem like the ordinance approved the incentives so long as the city’s concerns were worked on.  Like I said, it wasn’t very clear, so I’m gonna do a bit of research.

SOME CLARIFICATION

Ok, so I snooped around and came across a video on WAFF.com.  It explains that the ordinance that was approved tonight formalized an agreement that guarentees a Bass Pro, hotel/convention center/225,000 square feet of retail space.  So, it seems that the city moved to accept the contract and what not.  Here’s the link if you wanna watch for yourself.  There’s going to be a story on WAFF tonight at 10PM about the meeting, so you can watch that and get some clear info, I’ll also try and post the link to that video on here for you.

WAFF Video

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