SCOTIA -- Just in time to help children stay cool during the heat wave, the new splash pad in Collins Park will have a grand opening at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, the Scotia-Glenville Lions Club said Friday.
The 2,040-square-foot interactive water feature includes 16 water jets that will spray water 3 to 10 feet into the air. Each spray head is different, and they can be choreographed.
The pad will have two different areas: one for older children; one for smaller children with lower water jets. The village will maintain the system, operating roughly from Memorial Day to Labor Day during park hours.
The Lions Club raised $80,000 to pay for the project, which began construction in 2016 but ran into delays after problems with the original contractor. The problems resulted in a lawsuit that the Lions Club has since settled. The work has been completed by a different contractor.
The small children's area will be dedicated to the Maddie's Mark Foundation, a local non-profit that contributed $15,000. The foundation creates programs for sick children.
Over the two years, the Lions said they received donations from 180 businesses or individuals, including the Wright Family Foundation and the Stewart's Foundation.