New Kinston Water Park, Gym Funded By Charitable, Tax Dollars Worries Similar Nearby Business

By: Lindsey Fry/ April Davis
By: Lindsey Fry/ April Davis

After 2 years of construction the Woodmen Community Center in Kinston had a ribbon cutting Thursday with lots of excitement for the new fitness center and water park. Not everyone is happy about the grand opening of the center partially funded by millions in city and state money.

Hundreds attended Thursday's ceremony, The $13 million facility is filled with dozens of treadmills, a therapy pool and two gymnasiums. The water park will open next summer.

The owner of West Water Park in Kinston said he is worried the center will take away his business and he doesn't have the charitable funds and taxpayer money helping him stay open.

"I do think we'll have a drop in revenue next year. I don't see us staying as busy as we have in the past," said West.

Two million dollars came from tax payers. The Director of Parks and Recreation Bill Ellis tells WITN that if the facility does not financially do well, taxes will not increase for residents. It will cost the city $50,000 to operate the center annually. If costs exceed that, the Woodmen of World organization says it will cover the deficit for the next five years.


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