What The Future of Evans Plunge Means for Hot Springs
Tuesday night residents of Hot Springs voted for the city to buy the water park, Evans Plunge.
751 people voted and by a narrow margin of 51% are passing the measure for the city to buy the local attraction.
Evans Plunge generates an estimated $830,000 a year with $650,000 worth of expenses.
City officials say buying the longest operating tourist attraction in the Black Hills would allow local control by a special department and give the city the ability to keep it open to the public and possibly even year round, ultimately help boost the local economy.
"By bringing people in here through the late fall and early spring and into the winter especially we're going to have some people staying in motels [and] a lot of people eating in our restaurants. That wouldn't happen without the plunge open, so really it’s an economic benefit to the businesses in town. So if we can do something as a city to help our local businesses it does nothing but make the whole city stronger,”says Hot Springs Mayor Don De Vries.
Officials from Evans Plunge says this is a win-win situation and the outcome the owners hoped for.
“[We’re] Very happy, very happy for the community, and my employees, for our members, yes very happy,” says Vicky Hudson, the General Manager of Evans Plunge.
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