Waterloo water park rejected again

The City Council again has effectively rejected a plan to seek a National Park Service grant to help fund a $2.6 million white-water park and kayak course near downtown Waterloo.

The council voted 3-2 Monday to seek the $750,000 grant, but the resolution required four votes to pass. The council first voted 3-1 last week to seek the grant, with Councilman Jerome Amos Jr. absent. He requested the reconsideration.

Councilman Bruce Jacobs voted against the measure, saying taxpayers’ money should be spent elsewhere first.

Leisure Services Director Paul Huting says the park project is still alive. A design contract is nearing completion while the city seeks other funding options.