By Sara Tischauser
The Seymour Splash Pad opened for use after its grand opening on June 22.
The splash pad will now be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Lindsey Kraft, Splash Pad co-organizer, said that these hours may change.
“With guidance from the police department and City of Seymour it may be restricted more,” Kraft said. “It could potentially close earlier depending how things go.”
Kraft said the noise level will be monitored to see if the water needs to be turned off prior to 8 p.m. She also said during bad weather or maintenance the water may be shut off at the splash pad. During these times the water won’t turn on in the splash pad.
The community support for the splash pad, Kraft said, is what really helped make the splash pad a reality. She said with in-kind and monetary donations from businesses and community donors they had approximately $140,000 in donations. She said they were very thankful for one local group that really helped with the project.
“The Lions Club was the biggest contributor by allowing us to have [Splash Pad] at [Recknagel] Park,” Kraft said. “We are lucky to have the Lions Club in the community that we do. They are very big supporters of community.”
Jeff Marsh, Seymour Lions Club president, said they really believe in the splash pad project and saw the positive effect it could have for the park and Seymour community.
“We thought it [Recknagel Park] would be a great location for something of this nature,” Marsh said about the splash pad. “The access that it has to the surrounding neighborhood, main areas of travel, etc. Also, we take a lot of pride in the park and being able to put something like a splash pad in really makes it a premiere park in the area.”
Jessica Ullmer, Splash Pad co-organizer, said the community really supported the fundraisers they had to raise money for the splash pad.
“I am so grateful for all the volunteers who helped us put together three sold out dueling piano events, thankful for the people who came to those events and supported [fundraiser] by bidding on items,” Ullmer said. “The community helped build this splash pad, we were behind the scenes putting the puzzle together. Most of us work very full time jobs and this was truly a group effort.”
Marsh agreed that the community made the splash pad a reality.
“This was truly a community driven project, not just a Lion’s project,” Marsh said. “Most if not all of fundraising came from private donations and fundraisers which speaks volumes about the type of people and businesses that we have here. So many people were involved in making this happen that it’s difficult to list them all, but they know who they are and they should take great pride in their roles and what they accomplished.”
Kraft said continued maintenance of the splash pad will be done by the City of Seymour water and utility employees. The employees were trained by Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) who designed the splash pad.
Also, Kraft said there is a warranty on the splash pad from CRS. In addition the splash pad is all stainless steel and very durable.
“Not a lot of maintenance needs to be done as long as their isn’t vandalism,” Kraft said.
A sign is posted by the splash pad with the hours of operation and also a number to call if there are problems. If anyone has concerns with the splash pad they can call (920) 833-2397.
Marsh said they have already seen an increase in park use since the grand opening.
“Just from this last weekend, park attendance has skyrocketed and hopefully as the temperatures heat up that will continue,” Marsh said. “I hope that everyone in the city really appreciates what took place here even if it doesn’t affect them as it speaks volumes about the people of this community and what we can do when we have a goal in mind. Thank you to all that supported the project, and I hope everyone at least stops over by the park this summer to take in what I consider to be one of the greatest privately run projects that this community has ever undertaken…it truly is a gem to be appreciated by all.”