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City’s splash pad completed

WARREN — Next spring a grand opening will be held for the completed new splash pad at Packard Park behind Packard Music Hall.

It is the city’s first splash pad with plans for the area to be open from late spring to early fall.

City officials and project consultants and contractors recently toured the complex that includes seven main water features to keep children cool during the hotter times of the year. It will be winterized and then reopened in the spring.

Mayor Doug Franklin said the $275,000 splash pad was made possible by community development block grant funds allocated for the parks.

He said the design and shape of the 2,700-square-foot splash pad that also has five sprayers is of a 1902 Packard Model G Surrey vehicle that was manufactured in Warren. Benches also will be placed at the splash pad.

“We are keeping this consistent with our history and our roots,” Franklin said.

A fence was being placed around the splash pad near the playground area, restrooms and park pavilion. The splash pad is designed for children ages 12 and younger.

Franklin said in 2018 new playground equipment was put in the park, also with block grant funds.

Officials looked at splash pads in Cortland and other communities to get ideas.

“This project is a result of hard work and perseverance,” Franklin said at a recent dedication ceremony.

Franklin said such a facility has not been available in the parks and there has not been an outdoor water area since the Packard pool closed in 1989.

“This is just one more way our administration is working to improve the quality of life for our residents,” he said.

The Thrasher Company did the design work and Daniel A. Terreri Co. installed the splash pad.

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