An upcoming ballot initiative would double the capacity of a popular St. Charles County aquatic center.Photo courtesy City of O'Fallon.
Voters in O’Fallon, Missouri, will again have the opportunity to fund a new park near Hwy. 40 and expand a popular local aquatic center. Proposition Parks will go before O’Fallon voters Aug. 2 and would authorize the City of O’Fallon to issue approximately $20 million in bonds, which would be paid back using a .02 cent property tax increase (per $100 assessed valuation).
If approved, Prop PARKS would enable the city to move forward with plans to expand and improve Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, including the addition of a new splash pad, a zero-depth entry pool, water features and a longer lazy river. The popular aquatic center is often filled to its capacity of 450 visitors on hot summer days; the proposed expansion will increase capacity to 900 visitors.
Prop PARKS would also provide for construction of a new park on Hwy. DD southwest of Hwy. 40. In 2001, a local family donated 55 acres to the city for O’Day Park. If funding is approved, possible plans could include trails, picnic pavilions, an adventure playground, a zip line, a conference center and an amphitheater.
The cost of the projects is estimated at $22.6 million. A similar ballot issue went before voters in April 2014 but did not pass. Since then, the city has saved close to $2 million for the project, which would help to lower the total cost to taxpayers. Based on the average value of an O’Fallon home, which is $200,000, the .02 cent property tax increase would mean an additional $7.60 per year in property taxes.
The additional funding would also enable the city to move summer camps to Civic Park. The Civic Annex would then be used for a new Saint Charles County Veterans Museum, where visitors could explore memorabilia from local veterans.