By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The city of Imperial has embarked on a pledge drive to create a splash pad for water fun at the old pool site at Campbell Park.
Jason Tuller, Community Development Director, said the splash pad could cost up to $200,000, depending upon what water features are purchased for the park.
The city hopes to raise $150,000 locally through pledges, with the rest through 50 percent matching grants.
A splash pad is a water play area that includes a cement pad with permanent sprinkler, spray and other water structures to play in.
The pad is based on a timer system and activation buttons so the water is only sprayed when there are people playing on it.
Tuller said there is no need for paid city supervision because there is no standing water in the attraction.
The pad will include water recycling capabilities so there is minimal water usage in the attraction.
Tuller estimates that the recycling system will cost $80,000.
He said water features “come in all shapes and sizes. You can get as big and crazy as you have funding for.”
Features could be ground fountains, showers, tubes that spray mist, buckets that fill and dump and water guns.
Tuller said a splash pad would be an alternative to the city pool, as it would be open into the fall when the pool is closed.
It could be used by preschool children and their families while older children are in school. Tuller said the splash pad would also bring families into town to play, shop and eat.
Tuller said he hopes the pledges needed will be raised by the time the grant applications are due in October.
“If we’re able to get the grants this fall construction could begin next summer,” he said.
Persons wishing to donate may receive tax benefits through the Nebraska Community Development Assistance Act, Tuller said. Applications may be made that decrease a resident’s state taxes.
A display featuring donor information will be placed near the splash pad. The donation levels are Mist, $0-99; Sprinkle, $100-499; Rain, $500-999; Downpour, $1,000-4,999; Flood, $5,000-9,999 and Tsunami, $10,000 plus.
Pledge forms were sent out with Imperial utility bills this month. They are also available at the city office.
For more information see www.imperial-ne.com/splash pad.pdf or contact Tuller at (308) 882-4368.