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Midland Finalizes Plans for Water Park

A new water park is coming to Midland. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council approved plans to go after bids for the construction and renovation of the Doug Russell Pool.
A new water park is coming to Midland.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council approved plans to go after bids for the construction and renovation of the Doug Russell Pool.

“We're hoping to bring a new family aquatic center that includes lots of activities for all ages,” said Laurie Williams, the Parks & Recreation Manager for the city.

The plans to renovate the Doug Russell Pool began last year, but as the city looked into their options, they decided to expand the renovation and transform the pool into a water park.

“We're trying to bring it up to what people expect for a recreation facility these days and have something that the people of Midland are proud of,” Williams said.

The new pool will include three slides, a rock climbing wall, a four lane pool, a lazy river, a kids area and more.

“We'll have a beach sun deck where you're in the water but you're able to sun tan lots of areas for parties and that type of thing,” Williams said.

Now that the council approved the plans, they will begin the bidding process for construction.

Bids are expected to be presented to the city council in July and the new water park will likely be ready for May 2015.

Children who go to the Doug Russell Pool say the renovations will make a big difference.

“Like you can play around in the water but there is nothing entertaining about it, except the diving board,” said Midland resident Jeremiah Jackson.

Others are just happy they don’t have to go to neighboring cities to enjoy a water park.

“I know a lot of kids who like will go all the way to Odessa to go to the Sherwood there just because of what they have, even our swim team goes every summer for a pool party,” said swimming coach Mike Anzano.

The money for the new pool will come from 2012 and 2014 Certificate of Obligations funds, and the pool rates for the water park will increase to $3 versus the $2 currently charged.

But despite the increase, many are already looking forward to next summer.

“I’ll probably come every day until it closed,” Jackson said.

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