It's really happening

City breaks ground on splash pad

A group gathered to scratch the surface of the future splash pad in the southwest park next to the wading pool. They included Janette Bower, George Deiss, Dean Krogstad, Sandy Black, Deb Wiese, Sara Ross, Mark Lunde, Mike Pete, Larry DeWald and Dan Kovar. With the work to begin soon, completion could be done in August. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

A group gathered to scratch the surface of the future splash pad in the southwest park next to the wading pool. They included Janette Bower, George Deiss, Dean Krogstad, Sandy Black, Deb Wiese, Sara Ross, Mark Lunde, Mike Pete, Larry DeWald and Dan Kovar. With the work to begin soon, completion could be done in August. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

An artist rendering of the planned splash park to be installed near the wading pool in southwest Wadena. Illustration courtesy of Vortex International

An artist rendering of the planned splash park to be installed near the wading pool in southwest Wadena. Illustration courtesy of Vortex International

When Wadena Public Works director Dan Kovar walked past the wading pool with shovel in hand on an 87 degree Monday night, a group enjoying the cool water jokingly asked if he was starting to dig the site of the new splash park.

His affirming words took a woman by surprise. In fact, the project near the southwest complex is taking many by surprise. The splash pad went from what seemed like a dead deal to digging in the dirt in a year's time. That took planning, number crunching, a passionate group of people not willing to let the plan dry up and of course—money.. It's a project that has many surprised and excited to know it's happening, not unlike the Hwy 10 project, except for the 40 years or so timeframe.

A group of splash pad fans gathered Monday, July 1, to put shovel to dirt and break ground on the project that creates a new space for all ages to enjoy a cool down at no cost to users. And if everything goes swimmingly, you could be frolicing through the sprinklers of this new feature in early August.

Kovar previously said the Wadena park board identified the splash pad as a project they wanted to pursue in 2013, not long after the public swimming pool was destroyed by a tornado in 2010. While a pool was constructed within the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center, a desire remained to have an additional water feature to go with the remaining wading pool.

With Wadena adding this pad, it will be one of the only ones in the region. Park members said they looked to the design of a Royalton splash park when they started planning this park. They added that Detroit Lakes is researching the addition of a splash park, while others not too close include Crookston and Morris. 

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