The main barrier of adding a lazy river to The Beach Ottumwa is paying for it.
The only way to fund the project is with donations, but the parks advisory board is determined to raise the money needed to start building. In a meeting last week, the board established a lazy river subcommittee that will focus soley on fundraising efforts for the project. The attraction is estimated to cost $2.5 to $3 million.
??It's gonna be placed when and if we get it in this area behind me, which is the western side of the beach grounds, and then if we can raise the money, then we can start construction with the approval of the city council,?? Gene Rathje, Director of the Ottumwa Parks and Recreation Department.
The Parks and Rec Department already has a plan for the lazy river. Some trees and the basketball court will need to be removed, but the lazy river has been designated to fit between the indoor pool building and the kids play area for quite some time. According to planners, no more park space will have to be annexed. Rathje remains optimistic the funds will be raised. They have not yet selected a contractor for the project.