Riverton City Park could have a new outdoor attraction for kids and families next summer.
The idea to add a splash pad to City Park stems off of how many kids use the new skate park every day.
President of The Riverton Splash Pad Foundation Kristina Olson said “I really do think that bringing in these wholesome activities has really made a difference, if you drive by city park this summer and this fall it is busy with kids playing and having fun and I think its driving out any unwanted behavior we might see in city park.”
Owner of local business Riverton Tile and Oil Joe Stanbury says “we’ve seen what the skate park edition has done for the park and we just think that the splash pad is just another attraction for kids, another something for kids to do.”
With over 90-thousand dollars already raised for the project, Olson says community donations are key.
Olson stated “We really started approaching businesses maybe 2 months ago and we’ve gotten probably around 11-12 thousand dollars directly from local businesses. And their very supportive, the economy is tough in Riverton right but despite that people want us to succeed and want us to do great.”
Stanbury said “we’re donating a portion of all of our tire sales for the month of September, fact we kind of call it September splash pad month here at RTO anyways so we’re donating a portion to the splash pad because we just believe it’s a really good project for the community.”
The splash pad will have many opportunities for kids and families to enjoy.
Olson mentioned “our preliminary bid is based on a splash pad that is 75 feet by 75 feet and it has 20-30 ground level fountains and 10 above ground features, dumping buckets, water cannons, rings for kids to run through fun stuff like that.”
Right now Olson says the splash pad itself costs 190-thousand dollars. The foundation hopes to get 250- thousand for landscaping, benches, and some shaded structures.
A splash pad is more interactive and even safer than a pool because they don’t need lifeguards, since all the water drains immediately and is then re-sent through the system. Foundation members hope to start construction on the project next summer.