Jamestown Splash Pad opens Saturday with Splash Bash
Grand opening of the Splash Pad at the Two Rivers Activity Center planned for this weekend.
The community is invited to celebrate the opening of the Meidinger Splash Park and get a little wet this weekend, according to Amy Walters, facility manager at the Two Rivers Activity Center.
"Our big motivation is to offer the community a party," Walters said. "First, because we're proud of the Splash Park but also as a chance for the community to gather in a safe place."
Events begin at noon Saturday with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament followed by the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Splash Park at 1 p.m. followed by music and other events through the afternoon.
"We have no idea how many people to expect," Walters said. "We've invited the entire community to an outdoor event. People can come and go as they choose."
People will also be able to try out the features of the Splash Park as a way to stay cool during high temperatures forecast to be near 98 degrees in the afternoon by the National Weather Service.
"It fills a need in our community after the loss of the outdoor swimming pool," Walters said. "This is a way to cool off outside and still have the pool inside to swim in."
The Splash Pad had an initial cost estimate of $2.3 million and was financed without local tax money through grants and donations. The lead donor for the project is Shirley Meidinger, who is expected to attend the grand opening event Saturday.
Groundbreaking for the Splash Pad was in July 2020, with construction taking about one year.
Doug Hogan, superintendent for Jamestown Parks and Recreation, said the Splash Pad is a good addition to the city's recreational assets.
"It provides a facility the kids can use that doesn't take lifeguards," he said. "It is the first of its kind in the area and one of the largest in the state."
Saturday's activities include events for all ages with a storybook walk, inflatable games, food vendors and other activities throughout the afternoon. The activities wrap up with the band Old Friends performing from 5 to 8 p.m.
"People can double up events with the Running of the Pink in the morning and the Splash Bash in the afternoon," Walters said.
The Running of the Pink is a fun run and walk sponsored by R.M. Stoudt Inc. with the proceeds benefiting women's health causes in the community.
While the Splash Pad is free Saturday when it opens at 1 p.m., it will begin its regular hours of operation the next day and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.