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ELC gives OK for RWC splashpad

Fundraising effort to fund $525,000 project

January 23, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board gave its approval for the Regional Wellness Center Board to move forward with plans to construct a splash pad next to the RWC this year.

RWC Director Bob Grems said the RWC Board has wanted to install a splash pad for several years. A packet of information on the splash pad and playground was presented to the school board on Monday.

The 5,000-square-foot pad and playground area will feature the following:

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n 40 spray features

n Playground equipment

n Limestone boulders for surround seating

n Picnic tables

n Benches

n Sidewalks leading to the pad and playground

n Handicap accessible

The Project is estimated to cost $525,00.

A fundraising campaign will begin next month and continue through May.

Grems said $50,000 already has been raised and committed to the project. Since fundraising and construction will take place simultaneously, the RWC will use its funds to pay for the project with the fundraising replacing the money in the RWC budget.

The splash pad was designed by Commercial Recreation Specialists of Minneapolis and will be built by local contractors. Grems says the current plan calls for the splash pad to open by early June.

"It will be an unstructured play area for people to meet and play. The splashpad will probably open around 10-11 in the morning and close around 7-8 p.m.," Grems said. "You don't need an RWC membership to use it."

The playground portion will always be open to the public.

Grems said the splashpad will be available both in May and September and for use by school groups or after-school groups.

No staffing is needed for the splashpad area. Grems said RWC personnel will be responsible for changing out the filters.

Public hearing set for Roosevelt South demo

In other business, the school board set 5:10 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 as a public hearing for the demolition of the south portion of the Roosevelt School.



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