North Augusta City Council gives their approval on new splash pad

April 2, 2019

NORTH AUGUSTA — North Augusta City Council chambers had a few extra members sitting in the Council seats this week.

Monday night’s meeting was on Youth Appreciation Day, when students from North Augusta High School visit city facilities during the day and shadow a member of Council or city staff during the meeting.

“Becoming good citizens and learning about the city is an important part of your education process,” Mayor Bob Pettit told the students after the meeting.

Matt Ebenroth, Pettit’s counterpart, opened and closed the meeting, during which only one item was voted on.

Council unanimously passed a resolution to enter into a contract for a splash pad to be built at Riverview Park.

The contract will be with Great Southern Recreation, a company out of Tennessee, for the amount of $225,000 and the funds will be from the proceeds of Capital Projects Sales Tax II.

The splash pad will be near the playground in Riverview Park and includes features for younger kids and older ones.

Karl Waldhauer, superintendent of parks, recreation and tourism for the city said about one-third of the splash pad is best suited for kids up to age five, with features that are lower, if not in-ground, but said kids can play on any part of the pad.

Waldhauer said the target date for opening is mid-July.

“Hopefully our kids are going to be out there in the summer and having a good time with it,” he said.

The city currently has a splash pad at Summerfield Park, but the one at Riverview Park will be larger, measuring around 120 by 50 feet.

Council allocated $250,000 for the splash pad when they re-prioritized CPST II funds in November last year but gave a budget of $225,000 when they put out the RFP. Rick Meyer, the city’s director of parks, recreation and tourism, said $25,000 was kept back to use for water, electrical service, storm sewer service or anything else needed.

Meyer said they are looking for options to fence-in the splash pad, as well as adding shade structures to it and other playgrounds in the city.