Construction of the city’s first splash pad hit a snag and won’t be open by Independence Day.
“Due to an unexpected delay in the delivery of final materials and supplies, the July 4 opening of the splash pad must be postponed to a future date,” city spokesman Bobby M. Kelly III said in a news release.
A new opening date was not available as of press time Wednesday, but Kelly said the city’s Facebook page will be updated as soon as the new date is set.
The delay won’t cost the city anything extra on the $330,000 project.
“We’ve incurred no additional costs,” Kelly said.
The 5,500-square-foot splash pad will feature a toddler bay, family bay and activity bay and will be free to the public. The project, which includes expanded parking and a pavilion that will have water, electrical and sewer amenities, is funded through a 50/50 matching grant from the state’s parks and tourism department. The city’s half will be paid for from the Conway Advertising and Promotion (A&P) fund.
Officials broke ground on the splash pad on May 11. Crews worked through the weekend prior to the Memorial Day holiday in an effort to stay on schedule, as noted on the city’s Facebook post by a Conway resident.
“Stuff happens,” Dawn Pietsch responded about the delay. “[T]hey have worked their butts off in a short amount of time. I live across the street and they are out there every day [and] can’t help delays in supplies.”
For more information about Conway Parks and Recreation, visit conwayparks.com.