DENNIS SEID: Water park idea stirs quite a bit of interest

DENNIS SEID

DENNIS SEID

My column last week about a water park in Tupelo – along with Target – was an idea that picked up some traction as readers weighed in with their thoughts.

Here are a few from the Daily Journal’s website and from our Facebook page:

• “Yes (it) would bring in economic benefits and more traffic. Tupelo needs one badly for something to do during the summers.”

• ‘Tupelo needs a new building for the library more than it does a water park (and certainly more needed than that aquatics center, in my opinion). Also, I’d like to see a Fresh Market more than I do a Target.”

• “No, because it will only bring more crime and will eventually turn into an eyesore.”

• “If someone does it, they need to do it right. Too many tourism projects wind up being done in a half-baked manner by some fly-by-night entrepreneur with bigger dreams than bank accounts. They talk a big game then give you a plastic playground slide and a water hose.

“Tupelo has great potential to be a destination for families in the region but it’s incumbent on the decision makers to fully vet any person Vinner du jackpotten vil det garantert snurre i hodet pa deg! Alle jackpotspill i casino online et Alle hete spill De storste vinnerne Gjor et innskudd med Visa-kortet ditt!Ny hos Betsson? Registrer deg hos Betsson na eller gjor et innskudd med VISA om du er innlogget. or company that represents itself as an interested party.

“Additionally, a standalone water park would find itself limited to specific revenue cycles which, given our weather, could result in a boom or bust scenario. A water park combined with something akin to a Dave & Buster’s might be a profitable combination and a positive addition to the tax base. And finally, visibility and ease of access would be key and perhaps the new Northern Loop area around or between the overpass of 78 and the Belden exit might be a good spot.

“I’m all for any positive development that brings people (and their money) to town. “

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As you can see, there were varying responses, but for the most part, they were positive.

One area water park, Point Mallard in Decatur, Alabama, was mentioned by several readers. They pointed to the reasonable $20 price to get in ($15 for kids 5-11 and free for 4 and under). Point Mallard is more than a water park, however. It also has a golf course, ice skating park, campground and batting cage/driving range.

The water park features a wave pool, splash pad, three flume sleds, an Olympic-size pool, a lazy river and other features.

Sounds fun.

If there’s a resourceful entrepreneur out there, then there’s also property available for $2.5 million. It’ located at 161 Fans Forever Drive, according to Gail Collins of Century 21 Sue Gardner Realty.

The property description: “Fifteen acres of land just off East Main Street. Has been approved for use as a cemetery by the city, but has not been used for this purpose. Could be used for outdoor recreation, including a water park. With additional zoning consideration it could be used for a group home, church, or possibly duplexes. With an approved business plan it could be rezoned and used as a hotel. Many possibilities!”

So there you have it: An idea has been floated again for a water park, and land is available. Now it’s time for some private investors to take the plunge, pardon the pun.

Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@journalinc.com.