Splash pad opening soon
by James Phillips
May 24, 2012 | 4217 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Children from Tiny Tots Daycare spent time playing at the Parrish Splash Pad Wednesday afternoon. The splash pad is expected to open to the public within the next two weeks. Photo by: James Phillips
Children from Tiny Tots Daycare spent time playing at the Parrish Splash Pad Wednesday afternoon. The splash pad is expected to open to the public within the next two weeks. Photo by: James Phillips
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PARRISH — Children in south Walker County will soon have a new place to keep cool during the summer. A splash pad at the Parrish Municipal Park is set to open within the next few weeks.

Parrish Town Clerk Marcy Brown said Wednesday that officials had hoped to open the splash pad by this weekend, but construction was delayed by recent rain in the area.

“The splash pad is basically finished,” she said. “It’s some of the things around the splash pad that we need to have finished before we open. Getting the sod down and getting a fence around the playground are two things we need to have done.”

The Parrish Municipal Park is a $1.25 million project the city has been working on for more than a year. Brown said a new playground and the splash pad are almost completely finished, while a large pavilion and bathrooms are scheduled to be finished by mid-July. Baseball fields at the complex are also expected to get a major facelift before the 2013 Little League season begins, according to Brown.

“We are very proud of this facility,” said Jerry Callahan, Parrish park and recreation director. “We think the people of Parrish and the surrounding areas will love this park. The kids are really going to love this splash pad.”

Several Parrish-area children have had the opportunity to test out the splash pad, Brown said. Students from Parrish Elementary School spent time playing in the water earlier this week, and a group from Tiny Tots Daycare were having fun at the facility Wednesday afternoon.

Brown said city officials invited the children to the facility as a way to test the splash pad. She said it has also served as a good way to spread the word about the town’s new recreation area.

“There were a lot of people who didn’t even know this was being built,” she said. “The children have loved it so far, and they all can’t wait to come back and play again.”

The splash pad, which Brown hailed as the largest municipal splash pad in Alabama, has two large areas that feature interactive water elements. One of the areas is intended for smaller children, while the other is available for children of all ages. The splash pad has a train theme. Surrounding the splash pad are several sun shades designed to help keep parents cool as they watch their children.

Brown said the splash pad will never be left unattended, with the town having someone at the facility during operating hours. She said there is expected to be a charge for residents to use the facility, which could be anywhere from $1 to $5 per child.

“We have a work session scheduled for Thursday to iron out a few details like the hours of operation and the admission fee,” Brown said.

For more information on the new park complex, call Parrish Town Hall at 205-686-9991.