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Splash park delayed, again

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Facility was supposed to open this summer

By BEN CARLSON

Children in Lawrenceburg will have to wait until next year to cool off in a long-promised splash park.

City officials say the park, which was slated to be open this summer after trying for years  to obtain a grant, now won’t be open until next year due to a delay in actually receiving federal grant funds.

“It probably won’t be until next spring,” said Monte Rhode, the city’s public works director. “We had a delay in getting our grant, so we’re not doing a ton of work until it’s here for sure.

“We’ve been approved for the grant, but haven’t received the money yet.”

Located in the city park portion of American Legion field, the $300,000 splash park is expected to feature of variety of water-related attractions, designed to help children cool off in the summer.

City workers, using money approved in last year’s budget, have already done site work on the splash park, and were working Monday afternoon to pump out a couple of feet of water that accumulated during recent heavy rains from excavation site.

The facility is expected to be 100 by 50 feet and accommodate around 200 children at a time.

City officials announced that they had been awarded a grant for the park after six years of denials and bureaucratic red tape.

In April, City Administrator Robbie Hume and others toured other splash parks in Kentucky, saying they wanted to ensure they got the biggest bang for their buck.

Rhode said city employees will construct the park once the grant money arrives.

“Our guys are putting it in, so we’re going to take our time and make sure it’s done right.”