Franklin County’s first spray park should open in St. Clair as scheduled on Wednesday.
City Administrator Rick Childers said “everything is good to go” in regard to the water facility being operational as anticipated.
“It’s been impressive,” Childers said of the job Westport Pools has done in getting the spray pad finished despite the unusually cold and wet spring. “They have done a phenomenal job.”
On Monday during the St. Clair Board of Aldermen meeting, Childers said the spray features were running and that everything looked good.
“It should be ready to open on May 22,” he said.
In December, St. Clair’s board of aldermen approved the $290,000 price tag for Westport to construct the splash pad on the former site of the community pool in Evergreen Park on Park Drive. The community swimming pool was removed last year after being used for about 50 years.
City officials had said the pool was getting too expensive to maintain because of its age.
Initially, Childers said the spray park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. If needed, those hours can be changed. There has been some talk of making operational hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Westport’s design has 21 deck-level and five above-ground structural features that are divided into three areas — toddler, grade school and early teens. Benches, shade areas and restrooms also have been built.
The spray features consist of various jets, including a noodle tower, mist tunnel and tsunami spray, and three water cannons.
“We’re looking forward to having this be a place for kids to come and have fun,” Childers said.
The city administrator said all remaining parts and pieces were delivered and installed late last week. Westport did a flow test at the same time. The areas around the concrete spray pad have been seeded and strawed as well.
“Everything has been connected,” he said late last week. “The water and electricity are on. It’s just about ready to go.”
Any final “tweaking” was done on Monday.
Childers also said the city will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday at the site.
The old swimming pool parking lot has been repaired and is being resurfaced. That is expected to be completed on Wednesday, weather permitting.
The city of Washington is planning to open its splash pad when the city pool opens for the summer on May 25. It is located in the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex.