Carbondale to break ground on water park

2013-09-23T00:00:00Z 2013-09-23T16:48:05Z Carbondale to break ground on water parkBY DUSTIN DUNCAN, THE SOUTHERN The Southern
September 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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.

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  1. MickeeD
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    MickeeD - September 23, 2013 7:39 pm
    I took a peak at the Counsilman-Hunsaker website. Very impressive portfolio. This is going to be fun on all sorts of levels. Especially for the kids. Nothing at all wrong with that.
  2. OLD JOE
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    OLD JOE - September 23, 2013 6:46 pm
    I would support a water park in our community. A few tax dollars spent on kids recreation may be cheaper than tax dollars spent on incarceration because kids has nothing to do.
  3. Droidfan
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    Droidfan - September 23, 2013 6:04 pm
    Fantastic! Another high-priced government project that will look like it got hit by a ghetto hurricane within five years. I drove through the sports complex for the first time recently. On a weekend, it was so empty that it reminded me of a scene from Dawn of the Dead. I was waiting for the zombies to come lurching out of the weeds.
  4. MMike
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    MMike - September 23, 2013 6:01 pm
    Is that happening at the nearby high school? Are there riots after the football games? Are their fights at the school dances? Do you think a water park is going to be open until 2 am and serve beer?
  5. MMike
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    MMike - September 23, 2013 5:58 pm
    Why would that be an issue? I used to go to our neighborhood pool by myself when I was in 4th grade. And what about the location? It is near the high school and middle school. So what? If people wanted to "dump off" their kids they could drive anywhere in town to do so. The area is open fields now. Kids can go and do there and play.
  6. cchs98
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    cchs98 - September 23, 2013 1:08 pm
    Exactly right. Be prepared for your car and lockers to get broken into, fights and drug deals in the parking lot too. What Carbondale thought would be a money maker will turn into another money pit. No one will want to put up with the crap that will go on there thus driving away the decent families and subsequent revenue.
  7. Hermdog1
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    Hermdog1 - September 23, 2013 11:46 am
    While I know this is supposed to be a great thing for the city, with the location, it will be interesting to see how many kids are just dumped off there each day for the pool staff to play babysitter..
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