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A Splash Pad in Morgan? It Could Happen

A mock up created for the Morgan City Council of one possible configuration of the splash pad.
Article Date: 
13 August, 2010 - 06:00

Is the hot weather getting you down?  Are you looking for a way to cool off?  The Morgan City Council is working on a project to come to your rescue.  
The city has been exploring an upgrade and renovation to Riverside Park.  The city would like to replace the playground equipment, add sidewalks, and renovate the bathrooms.  The city is also exploring adding a splash pad.  
Over the past few months the city has been talking with other cities who have installed splash pads and received estimates and drawings from companies that sell and install them.  
The city has received very positive feedback from Riverdale City and other localities about the usage of their splash pads.  They also have realistic estimates of the cost to purchase, install, and maintain the water feature.
The city will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the city council room to discuss this possibility.  They are asking for citizens to attend and provide their ideas and comments.  The city has already solicited some feedback from residents.
The estimated costs for the splash pad will be between $150,000 and $200,000 to install and approximately $7,500 annually for maintenance.  To pay for this project the city is planning to request donations from residents and businesses in the county.  The council commented that if every household in the county made a one time donation of only $50.00 the city would raise $210,000, more than enough to pay for the splash pad.  The city is planning to pursue grants to help pay for the remaining park upgrades and renovation.
To help offset the operating costs the city is considering allowing private rentals of the facility on specified nights for parties.  This is the approach used by some other cities who have installed splash pads, and has been very successful for them.  The city is also contemplating allowing a vendor onsite that would sell food and other items.  The city would charge the vendor and the revenues would help offset the costs.
Mayor Egbert and Council Member Betz have been spearheading the effort to explore this opportunity.  The council is excited about this opportunity and optimistic that they can make it work.
To have your voice heard please plan to attend the meeting at the city building on Tuesday August 17, at 7:00 p.m.