The idea that the proposed water park will also be a convention center is a bad joke that is being played at the expense of the public.
The plans presented to the city detail a convention facility of 10,000 square feet.
By way of comparison our downtown convention center features 133,000 square feet.
A football field is 48,000 square feet. This center would fit within the first 20 yards.
Tradeshowexecutive.com ranks convention centers into four tiers with tier IV being the smallest. They consider the minimum size of a tier IV center to be 50,000 square feet.
It is hard to imagine that the Texas comptroller will consider this facility to be a convention center and so, according to the terms the city has offered the developer, the taxpayers of El Paso will have to pay the developer $40 million.
We deserve better