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Splash Parks Approved For Andrews

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By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - It's what most West Texans have been asking for. The Andrews City Council unanimously voted to update the city pool, this time, with two splash parks.

"We already have a triple slide, it's 30 feet high, it's been a great feature this summer. We're drawing record numbers at the pool, " City Manager, Glen Hackler, said. "We'll have a splash park for kids, probably age five to teens. We're also going to have a toddler splash park, obviously for young children just getting acclimated to water."

The multi-million dollar project will also include an overall facelift of the facility at no cost taxpayers.

"We're actually paying for these with money from excess sales tax we've been getting in and the county is contributing $850,000 from the WCS, that's money from our waste facility," Hackler said.

Hackler told NewsWest 9, the city is excited for the opportunity this facility will bring.

"We certainly hope it will bring people into Andrews but our main goal was to improve the quality of life for the people that live here. It's going to have a real wow factor to it," he said.

The splash park isn't the only big project the booming town of Andrews has.

"The outer loop, 13 miles, is totally locally funded. We'll open that October first. We have a new fire station under construction. That's a $2 million replacement for our central station. We have a new business park underway that already has 30% of its space committed, that's six new businesses," Hackler said.

Hackler said the city is really focused on capitalizing on the strong economy.

"We want to have good growth and development rather than all this crazy growth and economy and not have alot to show for it," he said.

Construction on the project will begin around Labor Day, which means the last day to get out to the pool this season is August 16.