Aquatic Center to go on Ballot in August

In less than three months, on August 6th, Tri-Cities residents will be able to decide whether or not they want to pay for a $35 million aquatic center in Pasco.

Last night, the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District unanimously approved the conceptual design for the project.

The proposed facility has an indoor competitive swimming area, an indoor water park area with slides and a wave simulator, and an outdoor water park area with more slides, a wave pool and play structures.

"There's hardly anything like this in the state. What's proposed here is the marrying of a traditional indoor competitive facility, with the recreational facilities that bring larger groups of people" said Stan Strebel, Pasco deputy city manager.

Voters will need to approve a one-tenth of one percent sales tax on the ballot for the project to become reality.

That amount equals 10 cents for every $100 spent.

The project will need a simple majority to pass.