KINGMAN – Just about everybody can remember how much fun he or she had playing in the sprinklers on a hot summer day.
Those days could return for the entire community to enjoy now that the City Council and the Venture Club of Kingman have teamed up to build a splash pad at an as yet undetermined park.
Lisa Bruno, a local attorney and president of the Venture Club of Kingman, told the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting that the group’s various fundraisers have brought in $25,000 the club earmarked for a long-term project.
Bruno said club members were polled and after meeting with Parks and Recreation Director Mike Meersman, it was decided to build a splash pad for one of the city parks.
The water feature will not consume as much water given the “flow-through” design, which means the water that is used will be stored onsite in an underground tank. That water will be used for the park’s grass at night.
“Splash pads are extremely popular and offer a safe water alternative for families,” said Bruno. “We see this as a great asset for our parks department. A splash pad is long overdue for Kingman. It offers a free alternative activity for families that is not limited by a person’s age or ability to swim.”
A splash pad has been on the city’s wish list for a number of years.
While the Council will have the final say on where to locate the water feature, Bruno suggested Cecil Davis Park on Van Buren Street as it isn’t as busy at Kingman’s largest park, Centennial.
And while $25,000 is a significant amount of money, it represents about 10 percent of what it will cost to build a 3,000 square foot splash pad.
Bruno said other public service organizations in the community would be asked to join the effort. She expects it would take about a year to raise the remainder.
On Tuesday, the Council voted 7-0 to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the club, a formality that allows members to continue with fundraising efforts with the idea of entering into a development agreement when the rest of the funds are raised in a year.