Local elementary students joined Mayor Bart Castleberry and other city officials as they broke ground on the city's first splash pad Friday at Laurel Park.

"Weather permitting, we hope to have it open by the Fourth of July but don't hold us to that," Castleberry said. "This is our first splash pad and we hope to build several more."

The 5,500-square-foot splash pad will cost around $330,000. Grant Administrator Candy Jones said the city received a 50/50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The city's portion will be paid with Conway Advertising and Promotion (A&P) funds.

The splash pad will feature a toddler bay, family bay and an activity bay that will offer a variety of choices for different age groups. Crews will also expand parking and add a pavilion that will have water, electrical and sewer amenities at Laurel Park.

"I think it's going to be a tremendous success," Castleberry said of the splash pad, which will be free and open to the public.

The city, on April 17, opened the $2.5 million Conway Tennis Center on the other side of Laurel Park.

Castleberry announced on Friday the city could see another big addition in a few years -- an aquatic center. Castleberry said city officials plan to "take it to a vote of the people in 2021."

For more information about Conway Parks and Recreation, visit conwayparks.com.