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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:52pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — A new multi-million dollar water park is coming to Northeast El Paso and it’ll be built on city owned land. Cohen Stadium will be closed for months but the land surrounding it will be developed into a waterpark and indoor sports complex. But the future of Cohen stadium is still unknown.
The City of El Paso has grand plans for a new water park in Northeast El Paso.
"Oh, that will be great. Kids need something like that over here,” Eugene Johnson, a Northeast resident said.
"I think it's good so everybody can enjoy, especially the kids,” Lusea Duarte, another Northeast resident told us.
And now that the city has submitted a request for bids -- it's one step away from becoming reality.
City officials have been working to develop a waterpark for years. And they believe it's the best fit for the 39 acres of land surrounding Cohen stadium. They're hopeful it will draw 200,000 visitors a year. "I think it might be nice. Instead of going all the way to Anthony,” Abel Duarte, who lives in the Northeast explained.
The park will be similar in size to Wet ‘N Wild Waterworld in Anthony, Texas. It will feature similar amenities like a wave pool and a lazy river -- as well as several slides.
City officials also hope to build an indoor sports complex right next door. "We got great population growth in the Northeast. It also sits by 54 and Loop 375 so there's great access,” Cary Westin, the Director of Economic and International Development said.
As far as Cohen Stadium itself -- it's future remains murky. According to city documents, it may need more than $1.5 million in repairs. But there are no plans to tear it down -- at least not yet. "It's a landmark so it's not going to be in place of Cohen, it'll be in and around that area at Cohen Stadium,” Westin said.
We asked Westin if building the waterpark around Cohen Stadium would turn off developers. “No, I don't think so at all. "
A question that many El Pasoans also want answers to. “Oh, God. I wish they would have made that… [Cohen Stadium, into] the baseball stadium,” Johnson said.
"They got to do something with it. I really don't know. I mean it's a waste,” Abel Duarte told us.
City leaders said they can’t comment on Cohen Stadium. Developers have until September 2nd to submit their proposals.