Splash pad groundbreaking planned for April

This rendering provides an idea of what the new splash pad in South Charleston will look like. Construction is slated to start in April and finish up by the start of summer.

(Posted Jan. 31, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The village of South Charleston is set to make a big splash.

The second week of April, crews are scheduled to break ground on a new splash pad to be located on the property where the community pool once was. Plans are in the works to also erect a pavilion-like shelter house next to the splash pad with a walkway leading from the parking area to the pavilion, then on to the splash pad.

“We really hope to have everything done and up and running by the summer,” said Trecia Waring, village manager.

The splash pad will cover a 750 square-foot area and include six water features: a beach umbrella, turtle, hoop, alligator, crab, and small bucket dump. Each feature is outfitted with two water nozzles.

“There’s going to be a good amount of water coming out of each of them. It should be pretty fun,” Waring said.

She also noted the village hopes to include a concrete border with a concrete bench around the splash pad perimeter. The existing rest rooms, left over from the pool days, will be available for use.

The original cost estimate for the project was $130,000. Because the village is opting for a larger pavilion than originally planned, the new cost estimate is $140,000 to $145,000, Waring said.

The village applied for and received a $73,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to cover part of the cost. Village leaders plan to seek donations from industrial companies and other area commercial entities. The village will cover any remaining costs with money from the general fund, Waring said.

The splash pad is designed to be low-maintenance. The water source will be turned on when the weather warms up each spring and turned off when the weather starts to cool closer to fall. Users will play at their own risk as no life guards will be on duty. The splash pad is designed for younger children.

The village commission has been discussing other possible improvements to the 1.5-acre property which sits adjacent to Community Park. Ideas include planting trees and incorporating recreational and park features for older children and adults.

“It’s all in the idea phase right now,” Waring said. “If anyone has ideas of what they’d like to see, they can contact us or attend a commission meeting. We’ll definitely take everything into consideration.”

Email villagemanager@villageofsouthcharleston.net to share ideas. Commission meetings take place at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at town hall, 35 S. Chillicothe St.

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