Seligman splash pads bring cool side to summer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Seligman youngsters were the first to splash around in and enjoy vertical streams of water from Seligman's new splash pad at the city's annual 4th of July Fest. The pad, located on the grounds of city hall, is open to the public until 10 p.m. daily. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Seligman's long-awaited splash pads were recently completed for residents to enjoy, just in the nick of time for the city's annual 4th of July Fest.

The splash pads proved to be a popular activity at the annual event with children and families, and all that is left to do now is some peripheral landscaping around the pads, which are located on the grounds of city hall.

In April, the city hired Sanders Construction to complete the pads, at a cost of $16,000, to provide an attraction for residents to keep children off the street and provide a fun activity for families during the summer.

Seligman youngsters were the first to splash around in and enjoy vertical streams of water from Seligman's new splash pad at the city's annual 4th of July Fest. The 30-foot circular pad features 24 jets that shoot water high into the air in different patterns every four-and-one-half minutes. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

The pads were completely paid for by funds held in reserve from a park tax.

"We're going to get some dirt hauled in around the pad and seed it and get some grass growing, [so] that's our next project," said Brian Nichols, Seligman's city clerk. "But it should be pretty nice there."

Due to recent floods, Nichols said the grounds will need a little time to dry out.

Nichols said the city hopes the pad, a novelty item for the city, will bring enjoyment to residents and encourage them to use the city park more.

"It provides one more thing for the public to come out and enjoy the parks," he said. "If we start seeing a huge influx of people coming out, it will help us get to the point of upgrading playground equipment and the park. This was a big step for us this year. Hopefully next year, we will look at upgrading playground equipment."

Nichols said the city will look at addressing that topic at an upcoming city council meeting.

The pads are now available for use to the public and are open daily until 10 p.m., when the park closes. The 30-foot circular concrete pad features 24 jets which shoot water into the air every four-and-a-half minutes.

To turn the pad on, people should step on the foot-activated switch embedded into the concrete on the far side of the pad.

The pad will be available for use until approximately October, when it will be shut down and winterized.

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