South Charleston’s new splash pad set to open soon

South Charleston’s new splash pad has been installed and is slated to be open to the public soon.

(Posted July 8, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

South Charleston’s new splash pad, named “Village Splash,” will open soon.

Village officials are waiting for the green light from the power company regarding electric service. The village has installed a new electric box and line to service the splash pad. The power company’s engineering department needs to sign off on it.
Once that happens, the village will announce the splash pad’s opening date on its Facebook page (“South Charleston Ohio”).

Designed for young children, the splash pad sits on land formerly occupied by the community pool, adjacent to Community Park. It includes six water features: a beach umbrella, a turtle, a hoop, an alligator, a crab, and a small bucket dump. Each is outfitted with two water nozzles.

Once open, the splash pad will be operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Users will play at their own risk as there will be no lifeguards on duty. Rules will be posted at the site.

A new shelter house sits next to South Charleston’s new splash pad, accessible via a new concrete walkway from the parking area.

A new shelter house sits nearby and will be equipped with picnic tables. A new concrete walkway runs from the parking area to the splash pad and to the shelter house. Village Manager Trecia Waring noted the shelter house is not currently available to rent, but it is available to use on a first come, first served basis for birthday parties, other events, and everyday use.

Eventually, a walkway will be installed to the restroom facility. Leftover from the community pool days, the restroom facility is not in operation at this time. It needs a complete overhaul, so it likely won’t be up and running until next year, Waring said. In the meantime, the village plans to place a handicap-accessible portable restroom at the site once it opens.

Fencing is slated for installation later this month.

The total cost of the project, including the splash pad, water and electric lines, concrete walkways, fencing, and shelter house, is $220,000.

A $73,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources covered a portion of the cost. Village funding and donations from three local groups covered the remaining cost.

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