CARBONDALE — The groundbreaking ceremony of the Super Splash Park will be at 11:30 a.m Friday at Carbondale Superblock at 601 Lewis Lane.
“This is really a historic day in Carbondale. We couldn’t be more pleased with the Carbondale Park District right now,” said Kathy Renfro of the Carbondale Park District.
Renfro added that the park district will try to get the park ready as fast as they possibly can but the splash park will be ready no later than May 2015.
“I think it will be a different facility than what has been built. Some of the features we will have are unique to the region so it might have a draw from even some of the communities where they already have a city pool,” said Sally Wright, a member of the Splash Committee, a citizens advisory group.
The park district is two-thirds away from the amount of funds needed to construct the park the park district wants to build.
“As of right now, the region has raised $600,000, but the park district would like to raise a total of $900,000 to build the splash park the city deserves,” said Renfro.
The park district needs to raise $625,000 in order to receive the $2.5 million federal grant promised to the city. Renfro said everyone has been so helpful around the region, working to get this splash park built.
“Everybody has given something to this project, whether it is their time or talent, it has been a step in the right direction,” Renfro said. “We are extremely pleased with our design team and all the contractors associated with this project.”
J & L Robinson Development and Construction Company is the general contractor on the splash park project.
The architects are White and Borgognoni Arch-itects, P.C. and the engineers are Asaturian, Eaton and Associates P.C., both are in Carbondale.
The aquatic design came from Counsilman-Hunsaker and the aquatic consultant is Westport pools.