Mound City turns out for grand opening of splash park
Updated: Jul 27
Hadley, 3, left and Daxton, 5, enjoyed playing among the jets at the grand opening of the splash park in Mound City on Saturday. (Photos: Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – The grand opening of the new splash park at Mound City was attended by dozens of residents, visitors and competitive cornhole contestants.
While the park has been in use nearly a month, Saturday's event gave people a chance to thank city officials and volunteers for their efforts in bringing the idea to life.
City officials and individuals who helped make the splash park happen included, seat from left, Ann Ware, Shayna Lamb, Sue Vicory, Lawrence Forback, Wade Doering, Zach White; standing, John Bruns, Sharon Davis, JR Kerr, Jacob Bush, Josh Baldwin, Shelby Murray, Paul McKee, Megan Purvis, and Fanchion Shadden. Below right, Bush and Lamb work to keep the supply of hotdogs ready for the crowd.
Throughout the event, children of all ages put the park through its paces, enjoying jets of water shooting out of nozzles in the concrete pad, showering down from pipes around the park, and dumping intermittently from buckets suspended above the pad.
Music played over the loud speakers as friends an neighbors visited and watched the kids play.
Eight two-person cornhole teams competed for $80 in prize money from the $160 in entry fees, according the Alison Hamilton, who ran the tourney. The other $80 is being contributed to the Veterans Memorial at the courthouse to purchase a brick in honor of an area veteran, which the winning team could name.
Two hundred hot dogs were donated for the event, and the crowd came close to eat all of them, said Josh Baldwin, who purchased the food.
Debbie Mays and Bodi Isenhour warm up for the cornhole tournament. Eight teams participated, and the D&D team with David Troth and Darryl Maus, below, won the tourney.