Lansing Park and Recreation Board offers update on new Splash Pad

“No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.” This saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse”, a poem by Robert Burns. Organizers say the phrase also accurately describes what has happened with this year’s “Big Splash” splash pad project for the playground area on South Front Street.

The proposed project began with an idea from some concerned citizens who wanted to add more activities for young children at the playground. A splash pad project was chosen to add some water activities for younger children who are not able to enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool because of their age or also because of some physical limitations.

A financial campaign and grant writing began. A budget was prepared and once enough money was received, equipment which supports a river theme with fish, a water bug, a toad stool, a frog and a whale was ordered. Also included are floor nozzles, which will send water high into the air. The equipment arrived in July and will be stored for safe keeping until spring.

This year’s weather caused a very late spring and contractors were faced with a lot of work to get done in a short time. Unfortunately, the installation for the splash pad is only partially done at this time.

It has been decided to postpone all installation until next May. It is felt the delay will allow a bit more time to collect more financial support, which will meet the budget and will also allow for planning a grand opening for next season.

The Lansing Park and Recreation Board would like to express its appreciation to those who have given funds for the project and would also like to extend its gratitude to the public for its patience. The project will get done and it will be a very nice asset to be enjoyed by children, as well as adults of all ages and abilities.

Contributions are still being accepted for the splash pad project at Lansing City Hall, P.O. Box 470, Lansing, IA 52151. Each contribution is tax deductible. Be sure to write “Big Splash Project” in the memo section of the check, which should be made out to City of Lansing.

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