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Detroit Water Park Faces Closure

DETROIT (WWJ) – During the hottest week of the year, the city of Detroit’s only water park is being put on notice that it might close.

However, closing the Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center would not go over very well with Detroit residents, especially right now with the area in the middle of a heat wave. And with temperatures remaining in the 90s for the rest of the week, the city’s only water park has been a pretty popular place for families to go and try to cool off.

According to the Detroit News, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano says the county, which is facing a $160 million accumulated deficit, would save $1 million by closing the eastside park. However, despite the tight economy, city residents have continued to support a parks tax that generates $11 million annually.

The county exec also has outlined other cuts he wants as part of his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year – including funding cuts for Meals on Wheels, the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, and several county departments – but closing the park seems to be the most controversial.

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