Why a popular Alexandria water park may lose its lease


Dominic St. John, 24, in the spiral water tubes at Great Waves Waterpark in Alexandria. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

It sounded like a win for everyone: Open one of the oldest homes in Alexandria to the public, and extend the life of a popular water park — adding a new thrill ride to boot.

But that was before the proposal was unveiled to a city hungry for new athletic fields and determined to ensure public scrutiny of government land deals.

In calls and emails to a comment line and at public meetings, critics

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