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Update: Second water park for the city?

Global Winnipeg is reporting a second waterpark and hotel complex is in the works in south Winnipeg - while a first is still winding its way through city council.

Quoting anonymous sources, Global Winnipeg said the hotel and waterpark complex will be built during the second phase of the Seasons of Tuxedo retail development starting in 2014. It's the same development that is seeing an IKEA, Cabela's and Lowe's store being built.

Meanwhile, the plan to pump public money into a private water park and hotel proposed on city owned land near the Forks received unanimous support from council’s executive policy committee Wednesday.

The plan would see Alberta’s Canalta Developments get $7 million in city funding to develop a 300-room hotel with a 50,000-square-foot water park and a 450-stall parkade on city owned land between the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Shaw Park and the under-construction Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The deal would see Canalta pay the city $6 million for the land known as Parcel Four and provide $700,000 in vouchers annually for 25 years to allow low-income families to use at the park.

“That’s a great selling point for the facility,” said EPC member Coun. Dan Vandal of the vouchers after voting in favour of the plan. “Water parks are generally $25-30 to get in, and when you can get $700,000 a year of free admissions for 25 years—I defy anyone to tell me that’s not something that’s important to part of the deal.”

Couns. Scott Fielding, Paula Havixbeck, Russ Wyatt and Justin Swandel joined Vandal in support of the plan.

Coun. Brian Mayes appeared before the committee leading up to the vote to voice his concerns about the idea.

The St. Vital councillor questioned the size and location of the water park and suggested council take 60 days to reexamine the plan.

“If we’re do this we’ve got to do it bigger to have it as a destination,” he said later in the day. “I thought we should take our time and see if we can’t find a better spot.”

Mayor and EPC member Sam Katz, who is majority owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, recused himself from Wednesday’s vote and will not vote on the plan when it comes before council as a whole next Wednesday.

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