Coming to Collins Park: Splash pad

'It's something great for the kids, and it doesn't require a lifeguard'
The site in Collins Park where a children's splash pad is going to be installed.
The site in Collins Park where a children's splash pad is going to be installed.

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SCOTIA — A “splash pad” is scheduled to open in Collins Park in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Work on the $80,000 water feature, which is funded primarily by the Scotia-Glenville Lions Club, has started, though the club continues to raise money.

“These splash parks are getting more and more popular,” said Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg. “It’s something great for the kids, and it doesn’t require a lifeguard or chlorination because it uses the public water supply.”

With a splash pad, choreographed jets of water shoot into the air for a set amount of time. There will be two separate areas, so small children and older children can play safely. The pad is being installed by Pro-Dive Pools, of Galway.

The splash pad will give children a way to get wet without going into Collins Lake, which remains closed to swimming because of sediment stirred up by Tropical Storm Irene more than five years ago, Kastberg said.

Planning for the splash pad began in 2016, when the Lions Club donated $15,000. The club has since upped the fundraising total to $70,000, club officials said. The village is providing labor to prep the area and will do landscaping afterward, Kastberg said.

“We came up with the idea for Lions Splash Pad, and the response from the community has been overwhelming,” said Eric Buskirk, vice president of the club. “We have received donations from hundreds of individuals, businesses, service organizations and groups.”

The Lions held a buy-a-brick fundraiser, in which paving bricks would be personalized for those who make donations by May 7. Those interested in donating can visit the website.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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