DUBLIN, CA â€“ Amid Californiaâ€™s record drought, the City of Dublin is breaking ground on a massive new water park. Residents are wondering about the timing of the project.
At Dublinâ€™s Emerald Glen Park the grass gets recycled water, the kidâ€™s spray jets have been shut off and the large fountain is dry as a bone, all to save water. So itâ€™s a little surprising to learn theyâ€™re about to build a $35 million water park.
â€œYou can never predict a drought,â€ Dublin parks director Paul McCreary told KPIX 5.
The cityâ€™s parks director said the recreation and aquatic center will include indoor and outdoor pools and water slides. Itâ€™s been planned for 10 years now but got postponed when the economy tanked in 2007.
â€œAt this point weâ€™re moving forward with construction. Again, thereâ€™s more to the project than just the pools,â€ McCreary said.
Phil Duncan, who lives near the park, â€œHey, time out, this is not the right project at the right time.â€
While he doesnâ€™t want the project there at all, Duncan said it really doesnâ€™t make sense to build it when thereâ€™s so little water available.
â€œObviously this has been in the works for some time. But the reality is weâ€™re in the midst of a historic drought and you cannot go forward with something like this, in these conditions, in good conscience,â€ Duncan said.
Even kids, who will enjoy the park the most, have questions about the timing. â€œKind of weird, itâ€™s a drought. Why are they gonna use all that water for a water park?â€ said Evan Rusconi.
But the city said they have signed contracts to begin construction this week, with completion coming in 2017, drought or no drought.
â€œWhen we finish the project and itâ€™s still in a drought and we canâ€™t fill the pools, weâ€™ll address it at that point in time. But we are moving forward with the project as planned,â€ McCreary said.
Right now, Dublinâ€™s water restrictions forbid the filling of any empty swimming pools. The city is hoping the weather will change by the time they open their new water park in two years.