Splash pad complete, opening TBA

Splash pad complete, opening TBACity Parks and Recreation Department Head Jason Patin is flanked by staffers Nerissa Wegener (left) and Mindy Beck, celebrating the completion of the patriotic-themed Splash Pad at Freedom Park — Photo by Laura Austin

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin announced during Wednesday’s City Council meeting that work on the Freedom Park splash pad is complete.

“We’ve been working on this project all last year; it’s finally completed and fully operational,” he said.

Crews finished working on the irrigation system Wednesday and the contractor will be doing a final walkthrough with staff next week.

In 2017 City Council voted to approve some $750,000 in tax allocation bond funds for a movie screen, shade structures and the splash pad for Freedom Park. The project broke ground last January and was scheduled to be completed in time for summer use.

But one of the designers left the project part way through, causing substantial delays. Construction picked back up in the fall, and the project is now finished with plenty of time before summer begins.

Patin said the city is waiting to announce a grand opening until the valley gets through unpredictable spring weather.

Construction includes the groundwork for outdoor restrooms, something that was not in the project’s original scope. Patin said the option for restrooms is still being discussed in the Quality of Life Committee and will depend on costs. The committee is also considering restrooms for Pearson Park.

While the Kerr McGee Center restrooms are available most of the day, the city will have portable toilets available to help “keep wet bodies out of the Kerr McGee Center,” said Patin.

Story First Published: 2019-01-18