Children, parents flock to Anderson River Splash Grand Opening
ANDERSON, Calif. — City of Anderson officials joined throngs of area children and parents for the City’s Grand Opening celebration of their newest play and splash area, River Splash Friday afternoon, May 28th.
The new splashpad, located at Anderson River Park, features large shade structures, picnic tables, restrooms, and a 106-ft. diameter water-play area. The play area boasts five above-ground features; including a tipping bucket, water tunnels, a stream where young children can play, and a wall of water. The main feature is a series of water jets with a “unique twist”, City officials have proudly explained.
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After a short ribbon cutting ceremony, children – with parents in tow – enthusiastically rushed into the new play area, letting their imaginations run wild as they played, splashed, and enjoyed all the park’s new features.
Saying the City hopes to “provide a safe and fun place for families with kids of all ages to have a blast this summer”, Anderson City Manager, Jeff Kiser, recently explained the City has been working tirelessly to see this project become a reality.
A young visitor to Anderson’s new River Splash takes a brake from yesterday’s heat while enjoying the park’s new “stream” and splashpad area. City of Anderson photo
“I think it’s also important to recognize we have an additional sales tax,” said Kiser. “The commitment when we did that was that at least 50% [directly went to] public safety and [the] other remaining money was to go to things like improvements in the park and code enforcement. So, this is representative of us being good to our word of that tax collection and giving back to our community. And, this is a great thing for our community. We’re excited about it!”
“The really cool thing about our Splashpad that we haven’t seen anywhere else. All 35 deck jets have LED lights. And that will allow us to have night play,” Kiser continued. “Here in Anderson there’s really two things we know we have a lot of. We have hot weather, and we have water. So this is the perfect element for our park to continue to enhance your experience in Anderson.”
The new Splashpad reportedly cost around a million dollars, with funding coming from a half-cent sales tax passed by Anderson voters.
River Splash is now open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
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