The replacement of a community amenity was approved by Coppell City Council.

The CORE, a city-run fitness and aquatic center, has outdoor waterslides that are in need of replacement to ensure user safety, according to a council memo. The project will cost $219,000 and was approved during the Sept. 12 meeting.

In a nutshell

The original tower was installed in 2000, per city documents, while a second slide was added as part of 2011 renovations. As part of the $219,000 project, only the slide tower will be addressed.

According to city documents, the slide tower platforms and stairs will be replaced with fiberglass strip shims, which will provide a more durable material than the current concrete. The new material may have a lifespan between 25-30 years but can last as long as 50 years, according to information in a council memo.

The context

The slide tower was initially budgeted for fiscal year 2022-23 at $50,000. However, an inspection contracted by the city revealed a full replacement was necessary, which led to a higher project cost.

Funding for the project will come from two sources: $152,174 from the Coppell Recreation and Development Corp. and the remaining $66,826 from the recreational programs special revenue fund.