Could the City of Laredo be getting a water park?

File photo: Bartlett Pool
File photo: Bartlett Pool(KGNS)
Published: Mar. 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM CDT
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For many years Laredoans have been asking for a water park that will keep them cool during the dog days of summer, but could the city be finally looking into creating one?

Councilman Alberto Torres Jr. is making it his mission to bring a water attraction to the city.

Councilman Torres is requesting proposals from different companies on the creation of a municipal water park.

The city is looking into a public and private partnership that he says will be at no cost to the city.

The city hopes that someone will invest in the project and in return, the city could either provide a tax incentive or deed over a property that the city owns.

Torres says they are eying the property south of UniTrade Stadium but says it can change depending on the investor’s scale of the project.

Torres says, “We want to have something that really works. We obviously don't want to have something big, that is going to cost a lot to maintain but at the same time we don't want to have a small water park that is not going to serve the needs of the city. We want to have the perfect and correct and the adequate venue for this city."

Torres says they had previously requested the proposals but believes there was a misunderstanding on what they wanted or what the companies should provide, so they reopened the request for proposals.

Torres says they reopened the bid on Thursday.

Anyone who is interested in investing in the project has 30 days to submit their proposal.