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Jasper preparing to install splash pad/mini water park

Jasper City Manager Denise Kelley on Tuesday said that the city is one step closer to installing a splash pad, and if all goes as planned the goal is to get it up and operating in time for the kids to enjoy it this summer.

A splash pad is like a mini water park, and they’ve been springing up in cities all across the country in recent years. The City of Jasper has chosen to go with Rain Deck brand, which is a company that offers both residential and commercial grade products, and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.

According to Kelley, a committee of Jasper City Council members recently explored their options in a workshop, and the committee members have chosen a design which incorporates the elements of two different splash pads into one. Kelley says the committee will report their findings to the rest of the City Council later this month, and it’s hoped that, with approval, they can put the job up for bid and begin construction work in April.

When the proposal was considered by council last month, paperwork indicated that the splash pads offered by Rain Deck range in price from $41,870.00 all the way up to $104,390.00. Kelley said the committee has chosen a design in the middle of that price range at about $75,000.00, and then construction will push the total amount for the project up to approximately $100,000.00.

Kelley said initially it was believed that the splash pad would be constructed close to the restrooms at Sandy Creek Park, which is a few hundred feet away from City Hall. However, on Tuesday Kelley said that the plan has changed and the splash pad, if approved, will instead be placed in an open grassy area directly behind City Hall. Kelley said the reason for this was concerns about drainage, and the possibility of the water filter heads constantly getting clogged up with sand.

Additionally, Kelley said that she will be studying rules and regulations currently implemented by other cities that operate such water based attractions. However, Kelley stressed that there will be strict rules in place regarding young children, under a certain age, being left alone with no supervision

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