Schlitterbahn water park’s plans hurt by recession

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — By now, the land around the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., was supposed to be bursting with economic activity and visitors.

But plans to develop a $750 million vacation village around the water park in Wyandotte County stalled because of the recession.

The developers own more than 300 acres around the 26-acre water park. But a promised sporting-goods store went elsewhere, and Kansas STAR bonds that were to be used for the project are currently paying only for a road.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/16N3wEf ) park officials are still planning a larger retail and lodging project, but don’t know when it will happen.

The park, which opened in 2009, doubled in size last year and has added new attractions for this season.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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