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DRAGONLAND CHALLENGES and ADMISSIONS REDUCTION:

PUMP PROBLEMS:  

On Monday, May 14,2019, the pumps that operate the large slides at DragonLand Water Park failed. After consulting with the experts who originally built DragonLand, it was determined that the pumps were damaged beyond repair. They will need to be replaced entirely which is a large scale renovation project that will take many months to complete. Unfortunately, that means DragonLand will operate this summer without the large body slide and tube slide. Although the slides will not be operational this summer, the pool and small Dragon Slide are currently operational and WILL be open during regular public swim hours 7 days per week 12p – 5p beginning May 25, 2019.

ADMISSIONS WILL BE DISCOUNTED:  

Due to the loss of the slides for the 2019 season, admission to DragonLand Water Park will be discounted to $4.50 per person with children age 3 and under still free.

CONSIDERED LONG TERM SOLUTIONS:

Part of our facilities review last fall considered DragonLand’s twenty-seven-year-old pool liner, and the plumbing and mechanical system. The pool liner and plumbing to the pool are in good shape. The mechanical system is in a condition where the Park District needs to consider replacing it. The Park District has been looking at ways to fund a complete revamp of its mechanical system after the 2019 season to be ready for the 2020 season and another 25 to 30 years thereafter. Ways the Park District is looking to fund this project, while still maintaining the tax levy and rates as has been over the years, are either through the Pekin Park Foundation or through the Park District’s debt certificates and refunding of bonds. Also, as part of this project, the Park District is looking at re-coating/recoloring and make any necessary repairs to the water slides to extend their life. The approximate total cost for these projects is between $550,000 to $600,000.

One of the directions of the 2017 Community-Wide Recreation Interests Survey and 2018-2021 Strategies Blueprint – Moving Forward is to maintain and improve what the Park District has. The Park District has been reviewing amenity and facility conditions where feasible to begin the process of creating short and long range capital asset inventory, improvement and replacement plans.

The Pekin Park District and staff (particularly of DragonLand Water Park) appreciate your understanding while the pump replacement is being addressed and still look forward to providing a family friendly venue for all to enjoy.

 

Pekin Park District
Board of Commissioners

Approves Strategic Plan

November 29, 2018

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"Moving Forward" - A Strategies
Blueprint 2018-2021

 

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