NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - On a cold, blistery Friday, dignitaries broke ground for the proposed Splash Kingdom water park in Nacogdoches.
The step forward occurred a little more than four months after the Nacogdoches City Council voted four to one to move forward with plans to build the water park, which will be located on University Drive.
Nacogdoches city leaders have been discussing the Splash Kingdom water park for five years.
Before the city council voted to move ahead with the project, Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn said the proposed water park would be beneficial to the local economy.
"People need to see it as an economic development tool," Van Horn said in a previous East Texas News. "It's not a city pool."
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $6 million. Van Horn said Nacogdoches' part of the investment is about $2 million for the land.
"I feel certain as anybody can in this business that it will increase sales tax, it will bring visitors ... people will come, they will spend money, they will buy gas, they'll have meals, they may spend the night they may not," Van Horn said.
The deal with the City of Nacogdoches stipulates that the park must open by next June and that Nacogdoches residents will get discounts for 15 years.