Wednesday, the chamber voted to support development of the proposed park near Road 100 in Pasco.

In August, voters in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick will decide whether to pass a 1/10th of one cent tax to pay for the facility, which would include indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, and other aquatic attractions.   The tax would amount to approximately $.1 cent for every $10 spent.

Mike McWhorter, Board Chairman for the Chamber said Wednesday:

“The Tri-City Regional Chamber supported the legislation to form the Regional Public Facilities District; providing a funding mechanism for regional recreational facilities. We commend the collaborative efforts of the cities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland as well as the members of the Regional Public Facilities District Board.  If passed by voters, the Tri-Cities Aquatic Center will enhance the quality of life of our residents, and increase growth and development in the Tri-Cities.”

The Chamber news release also laid out specifics about the project, it's size, scope and amenities:

"...Approximately 46,000 square foot indoor/year-round facility and an approximate 42,000 square foot outdoor facility, the center will be designed to accommodate persons of all ages. The aquatic center’s plan features a leisure pool with waves, Flowrider, multiple water slides, spray pad, lazy river and volleyball play areas. Also included is a competition pool, dive tank, warm water therapy and a multipurpose teaching pool for lap swimming, water aerobics/walking, diving, swim lessons and water/boater safety."