Seligman hopes splash pads will be ready for holiday

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Project deadline keeps getting pushed back, city keeping fingers crossed

In April, the city of Seligman put plans into motion to build a splash pad to help keep children off the street and provide a fun activity for families during summer.

The pad, located on the north side of the lot on which city hall sits, is a 30-foot concrete circle containing 24 jets and cost the city $16,000.

Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said the city has been looking forward to completion of the project and the fun and novelty it will provide to the community.

"Each jet shoots water in a different

pattern," he said.

The city hired Sanders Construction to complete the project by the end of June, just in time for the city's annual Fourth of July Fest.

However, the city was still waiting for the concrete to be poured a week before the event. The pads were to be formed last week, then the next week spent putting on the final touches.

"The deadline [kept] getting pushed off," Nichols said. "I spoke with the contractor and the main pad [has been] poured. On Monday the sidewalk around it and walkway [was] going to be poured."

Nichols said the city had been promised the project would be completed by the end of June.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," he said.

The pad is being completely paid for by a park tax.

"It is a quarter-cent of a 2.25-percent tax," Nichols said. "It comes from sales tax and money that has already been held back in reserve."

In recent years, the city has been collaborating with the chamber on the Fourth of July Fest.

"They come in and provide the food and the city provides the fireworks," he said. "There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers and a cakewalk behind city hall from 6-9 p.m., with fireworks after. There are a lot of people there. We usually plan on at least 200 attending. Hopefully, the pads will be ready in time."

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