Cash for splash: Officials plan to launch fundraiser for Dixon splash pad

January 12, 2019

DIXON – The city and the Park District will soon be rolling out a capital campaign hoping to raise another $100,000 to pay for the new splash pad near Wooden Wonderland.

About 6 months ago, the two renewed talks about partnering to bring a larger water attraction to Dixon, similar to Splash Canyon Spray Park in Oregon, and were approached shortly after by an anonymous donor family wanting to put $200,000 toward the project.

City Manager Danny Langloss said the city and Park District are also both planning to commit $100,000 to the project, which will likely total around $500,000 including the splash pad, landscaping, paving the parking lot and building restrooms.

They’re hoping to cover the rest with community donations and will launch a campaign for the funds after more details and designs are finalized. The city also plans to try to reduce costs by enlisting volunteers to help, such as by doing some of the gardening work.

The name will ultimately be decided by the donor family, but early talks have it being Water Wonderland, Langloss said.

The splash pad in Vaile Park was built in 2009 with about $35,000 in donations, and the city pays for the water it uses. The original long-term plan was to build splash pads in all corners of the city, but the finances weren’t there to make it work.

The city plans to provide the water to the new splash pad as well.

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