Splish splash: Park still hopeful splash pad may be open before season ends

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

The park board had high hopes that the splash pad portion of the playground at the Grayson Sports Park could be open before summer ended. They’re still hopeful that might happen, but if it does happen now, there won’t be much time to play before cool weather sets in and the facility has to be shut down for the season. 

Park manager Grant Harper told the board that despite delays related to weather and the availability of materials, construction has now started on the splash pad. The facility, which will be tied into sanitary sewer drains and draw directly from city water, rather than employing a pump and filter like a traditional pool, is designed to minimize water usage. It will ultimately be cheaper, and save more water and energy, than a recirculating system, Harper said. 

He said the board may also want to consider employing a lifeguard for the facility. Though there is no standing water, like at a pool, there are hazards associated with running and slick surfaces that may require someone to chaperone play. 

In other action the park board heard an update on hotel and restaurant taxes, including news that the hotels were all caught up on back taxes. They also discussed Little League use of the park fields, and the possible formation of a city or county recreation league – with a Little League charter – to handle all youth sports for one fee. Other discussion items included the bidding of concessions for next season, ways the sports park staff can advise visitors on local restaurant offerings, and the possibility of adding additional bench seating and lighting to the playground. 

The park board also approved a motion to accept donations, as a pass through entity, for the sealing of merchant’s parking lot, and approved a grant request for $250 to purchase t-shirts for the Kiwanis 5K event (see cover story). 

The next regular meeting of the park board is scheduled for September 9, at 9 a.m. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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