• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Grand opening for Mound City splash park set for Saturday

Updated: Aug 2

Just a day after city officials announced that the splash park would be open on June 17, it was already in use. Above 8-year-old Azaiah gets a bucket dumped on his head while his friend Jayden hoists Aedin on his shoulders to control the other bucket. Below right, 5-year-old Arbor takes cool respite from the blazing sun. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

MOUND CITY – After weeks of delays and postponements, the Mound City Splash Park will have its grand opening this Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m.

The Mound City Council worked on final details for the event at its meeting on Tuesday night. City officials and other key figures will be on hand to celebrate the completion of the park, which is located at 7566 Nickel Road near the city's ballfields.

Also planned for Saturday’s festivities are food, bounce houses for the kids, a beer garden, Dippin’ Dots and live music.

Local businessman Josh Baldwin said he had purchased 200 hotdogs and 200 buns for the event from his own pocket and suggested that buying 10 to 12 cases of water or other drinks would be a good idea. He suggested that people could make a free will donation for food and drinks.

A cornhole tournament to raise funds is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The registration fee for each team is $20, and teams can register online by going to the Splash Park Opening Event Facebook page or by clicking here. Half of the proceeds of the tournament will go to a veterans memorial.

Mayor Wade Doering suggested several people who have been supportive of the splash park should be on hand for the opening, including Sue Vicory, J.R. Kerr and others. Vicory’s fundraising campaign raised more than $30,000 for the park, and Kerr’s company, JRK Portable Welding, was general contractor for the project.

City Superintendent John Bruns also suggested Roy Wade of Wade Remodeling. “Roy was phenomenal to work with,” he said. “He went over and above.”

The fence around the pad is not complete, and city officials decided on Tuesday to hold off installation until after the grand opening.

The council also discussed the purchase of other items, including picnic tables and a way to shade an area of the pad west of the building for parents and others who don’t want to sit in the sun while their children play.

Bruns told the council he looked at the cost of purchasing picnic tables. His suggestion was that the tables be double-coated steel with expanded metal surfaces.

An orange pole on the northeast corner of the pad controls the splash park. The pumps shut off after about 15 minutes, and a person has to go this pole and wave his or her hand above it to restart them.

He said the cheapest price he found for a table with built-in seating was $1,250 each. An umbrella for each table would run another $500.

Bruns warned against purchasing wooden picnic tables because the coated metal would last longer while the wood would require more maintenance.

The council also discussed providing a structure to shade a portion of the pad. Bruns told them he had priced a cantilevered steel structure that provided a 10-foot-by-10-foot covering for about $5,000.

But both he and Baldwin said it would be cheaper to make a steel frame and attach a canvas to it.

Hot and bored with watching a game at the nearby ball field, several children came over to the park and found a great way to cool off.

Bruns said he believed that he had donors who would likely contribute to cover the cost of that structure, which he suggested should go along the west wall of the building.

Doering told Bruns that, if he had the donors lined up to cover the cost, go ahead and proceed with construction of the shade.

The council also discussed installing remote cameras at the splash park in the wake of recent incidents since the park unofficially opened in June. Doering said he would like to see a system that would record around the clock.

It was noted that someone had driven a golf cart onto the pad, and Bruns told the council that several times he had chased kids on bicycles off the pad.

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