$500,000 needed for Island Oasis pool upgrades

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By Eamon O'Meara

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Updated: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:02:53 CST

Island Oasis pool in Grand Island closed for the season on Sunday. 

More than 2,000 people came out for the last weekend. It's a crowd that management says they wish could have shown up all season, with below average attendance numbers.

Though, Grand Island Parks and Recreation Superintendent, says now it's time to move forward.

The Department will try to make improvements to the water park next season, by requesting a bigger slice of the city budget.

"This year we're asking for $500,000 for basically just a new wave machine and
possibly painting the pool. It depends on how much each one of those cost and how
far that $500,000 is going to go this year. But in the future we're looking to ask
for some more, we don't have the numbers right now but looking to add a childrens
play area maybe in the next 3 years and some other things." Said Jeremy Bachmann, Grand Island Recreation Superintendent.

The City will also apply for grants for the park. The City Council will have the final say on what improvements Grand Island will make to the 21 year old water park.