FELTON, Del.- A Kent County tourist attraction is looking for help making major repairs, and some Delaware lawmakers think the state should foot the bill.
Killens Pond State Park near Felton has a water park. Up to 100,000 people visit each year, and the water park been open for going on two decades. After being around that long, Tom Feurer, president of Friends of Killens Pond State Park, says it needs some fixing up.
"A lot of the features have given their all. They're wearing out. The place needs a real infusion of funds."
Feurer says a major funding source dried up in 2008. Bare minimum the park is looking for lawmakers to slide about $400,000 its direction. Feurer says that money would just get the current setup back to par.
There are issues in many parts of the facility. Some of the park's most pressing issues are connected to its water slides.
Cracks in the slides themselves, corrosion on the metal tower are both potential safety issues. The park is having an engineer look at the tower. Many spots need resurfacing - some for cosmetic reasons and others potentially structural.
And Feurer says the pump system could use overhauling. They asked State Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, for help.
"I don't think we need to spend money on more things to do. I think we need to spend money - if there's money available, of course - on things we have and people already enjoy."
For Lawson that includes this park. And he believes money is there, perhaps over a couple years, and plans to push for it.
Feurer has a bleak outlook on the future without that money.
"The quality of the facility," he said. "The appearance of it going to suffer. We're going to see less people coming here."
The water park's dream scenario calls for $2.7 million and would add features like a lazy river. sen. Lawson's son is the manager at the state park. However, the park is also inside of Sen. Lawson's district.
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