Splash park eyed for Rockdale

$250,000 project clears first hurdle

A quarter- million- dollar “splash park” was endorsed by the Rockdale Development District Thursday and the idea is now headed to the city council.

Collier Perry, MDD vice-president, proposed that the state-ofthe art facility, known formally as a “splash pad,” be located in the southeast corner of the Patterson Civic Center lot, already owned by the city.

“ That would make it close enough to the paved parking to utilize it, but far enough from the street to abate noise.”

He proposed the park be funded by $50,000 contributions each from the MDD, city, Rockdale business community, community/ civic organizations and public donations.

The MDD board approved the park for its current project list, pledged $50,000 toward the construction and named Perry to coordinate with the community in promoting the project.

Perry will make the presentation to the city council during Thursday’s called session at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

KIDS, TEENS—Perry said the park would be designed by Vortex USA, a company with experience in splash park design.

“Weidamark Dallas will supply the LED lighting and Daryl Vaughn of Houston will do music, lighting and choreography (lights and water action).”

He said the park is envisioned to serve toddlers, families and teens and would be open in the evenings exclusively for teenagers “as a place to hang out.”

“It is anticipated the park would be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day,” Perry said.

An attendant would be on duty for all hours of operation, he noted.

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