Representatives from the City of Bristol, Tennessee, the Junior League of Bristol, and other community organizations gathered on Monday, April 25, 2016 to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Splash Pad attraction at Steele Creek Park. A splash pad is a “zero-depth” recreation area for water play that has little or no standing water, thus not requiring any lifeguards or attendants.
This project has been made possible through the efforts and cooperation of multiple dedicated groups of citizens. The idea for the construction of the pad was presented to the City by the Junior League of Bristol, who committed to donating $100,000, which was matched by the City to cover the $200,000 estimated cost for the project. Additionally, the Rotary Club of Bristol, VA/TN donated $45,000 for the materials needed to construct restrooms and changing rooms adjacent to the pad site.
“As a city, we just can’t say enough about how appreciative we are to receive this kind of support and collaboration from the community, and how vital it is in continuing to bring projects like this to fruition for everyone to enjoy,” said Terry Napier, director of the Bristol, Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department.
The initial phases of the project will begin with the construction of a small building to house the pumps, filters, and controls for the water features. The 2,700 square foot pad will have a total of approximately 20 spray and splash features that will carry a nature theme to complement the surrounding park. Construction of the pad will be carried about by Great Southern Recreation of Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a projected opening by the end of summer 2016.
For more information contact Terry Napier, Parks and Recreation Director at 423-764-4023 or email [email protected]