Splash pad donors revealed

May 10, 2019

DIXON – The anonymous donors who kick-started the Park District and city’s efforts to bring a splash pad water park to Dixon were revealed Thursday, and the project is about $33,000 short of its funding goal.

Longtime residents Tom and Kathi Sherman donated $200,000 for the Water Wonderland splash pad in June wanting to spark positive change and do something good for children, according to a news release.

Their love for Dixon and the community brought the project to life, which “ignited a call to action and brought out the community spirit of Dixon,” City Manager Danny Langloss said.

“None of this would be possible without the Shermans’ leadership and philosophy; they helped turn talk into action, and for that we are very grateful,” Langloss said.

The 70-by-70-foot splash pad is being built in Meadows Park near Wooden Wonderland and will have 23 water features, two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, decorative landscaping, a pavilion, restrooms and a paved parking lot.

It’s scheduled to be open in late June.

The Park District and city are both committing $100,000 for the project and have generated $116,700 in additional donations and pledges for the work, which is estimated to total around $550,000.

About $33,000 is left to be raised, and district Executive Director Duane Long said they wanted to reveal the donors hoping it would help with the final push for donations.

“The community is hungry for this project, and they have been very responsive,” Long said. “Between the cash donations and volunteer labor to build the pavilion and restroom facility, the response has been overwhelming.”

The Dixon Rotary Club made a $20,000 donation for the pavilion, and Dixon businesses Mo-St Plumbing, Kniggie Mason Contractors, DNR Electric, MDS Construction, and S&D Construction are volunteering labor.