Officials are continuing the fundraising push to add an outdoor water feature to the Two Rivers Activity Center, according to Amy Walters, facility manager for TRAC.
The water feature, named the Meidinger Splash Park in honor of lead donor Shirley Meidinger, includes 6,500 square feet of things like water slides, water sprayers, dump buckets and other ways to get a person wet for play in the water. About 150 people could utilize the splash park at any given time. The splash park and associated facilities would be located north of the TRAC parking lot.
The splash park would be surrounded by other outdoor recreational spaces for sports such as sand volleyball and lawn games. The entire park will amount to more than 70,000 square feet. The site plan retains space for the possible future construction of an outdoor swimming pool.
"It is intended to be a family type space," Walters said, referring to the current plan. "Where different ages can have things to do."
The splash park being planned will not have a pool for swimming or wading.
"It does not have a standing body of water," said Doug Hogan, director of Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department.
Not having a pool eliminates the need for lifeguards at the splash park.
"To staff an outdoor pool and an indoor pool, we just wouldn't be able to do that," Hogan said.
Parks and Recreation closed its existing outdoor swimming pool at the end of the 2017 season and has since demolished the facility which was on land owned by the University of Jamestown. Public swimming is available at the indoor pool within TRAC.
TRAC opened in 2017 as a community, recreation and fitness center. A 1% sales tax on items sold in Jamestown funded the construction of the facility with operating costs covered by membership fees. Fundraising began at that time for what was called Phase 2 of the project that included an outdoor swimming pool or water feature.
In November 2018, Parks and Recreation contracted with Zerr Berg Architects of Fargo to design the water feature. At that time, preliminary cost estimates for the project were $2 million but have since increased to $3 million.
"At this point, we're a little more than halfway to the goal," Walters said, speaking of the funds raised for the $3 million preliminary estimate for the project. "A little more than $1 million to bring in."
Donations to the project can be made through the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Foundation Inc., a 501(c) (3) foundation founded in 2006 to enhance recreational opportunities in the Jamestown area.
"It is an opportunity to do more footwork," he said. "To get out there and get more donations."
Walters said the goal is to break ground and begin construction as soon as the money is raised. Hogan said if the money were to come in quickly, work could still begin this fall but construction next year would be more likely.