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HUDSON -- Children and adults can look forward to splashing in Veterans Way Park beginning in July.
Officials and members of Hudson Kiwanis joined in a groundbreaking ceremony May 24 for the Splash Pad aquatic play area feature in the downtown park.
City Counil approved the 2017 Parks Budget with $215,000 for the installation of a splash pad at Veterans Way Park, of which $140,000 was funded by the Parks Fund and $75,000 by the Hudson Kiwanis.
The 1,874-square-foot splash pad will feature 12 in-ground mounted sprays. Shade structures may be added in the future, according to Assistant City Manager Thomas Sheridan.
The water line has been placed and the city is working on the sanitary line, Sheridan said. The splash pad contractor will put in the gravel and underground conduits for the splash pad.
The city will add fencing between the volleyball courts and splash pad with a fence also near the road to keep children from wandering off, Sheridan said. Some landscaping will be added as well.
The Veterans Way Park location offers a close proximity to downtown Hudson and provides parking, restrooms, shade and a pavilion, according to city officials.
The Splash Pad project originated with the Hudson Kiwanis, whose members approached the city about the club's desire to donate to a sizable project for the city's children.
"We were looking for a project that could be used for a long time," said Kiwanis member Dave Hartman.
Committee members discussed a potential project with city officials and decided on a splash pad, Hartman said.
"This was one project that fit our goals for youth type activities," Hartman said. "That's what Kiwanis does."
The Hudson Kiwanis has for many years supported the community through its involvement in youth baseball and basketball programs. It has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to public and private schools in Hudson, as well as to other community causes and events, such as scholarships and Kiwanis Safety Town.
Mayor David Basil thanked the Kiwanis for their generous donation and he thanked Council members Dennis Hanink and Casey Weinstein for being present.