Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Carbondale Breaks Ground on Super Splash Park
CARBONDALE -- Plans to bring a new splash park to Jackson County are moving forward. The Carbondale Park District broke ground on the $3 million project Friday.
"This is the first long-awaited step to bringing this dream to reality," said Park District Executive Director Kathy Renfro.
The Carbondale Park District felt community kids were lacking a destination, like the future Super Splash Park. The project will be built south of Carbondale Community High School at the SuperBlock Complex.
"They need to go to a place that allows for physical activity without a lot of direction from the adults," said Renfro.
In 2011, the state stepped in with a $2.5 million grant. That funding left the city to cover just $900,000 of the project cost.
So far, the district has collected $600,000 from fundraisers and donations.
The aquatic center will now head into the design stage. Renfro says they'll build a site with space for young children and teens.
"A leisure pool, zero depth entry, some nice play features in the shallow area, and then a competition pool."
The district will meet with a design team next week. It's work that is moving the project closer to a May 2015 deadline.
"We'll be holding some public forums and meetings to make sure that we're bringing to the people the things they want," said Renfro.
Project organizers hope to raise the last $300,000 by the end of this year.
You can find more information on donating on the Make a Splash website.
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