Work on a planned splash pad for Shawnee's Boy Scout Park could begin as early as today.
Work on a planned splash pad for Shawnee’s Boy Scout Park could begin as early as today.
C3 Construction, at a recent city commission meeting, was awarded the project in the amount of $148,364. Mike Summers, project manager at C3 Construction, said the first step is mobilization.
“We’re planning on getting all the equipment up there,” he said of today’s schedule, adding dirt work may be conducted if weather permits it.
The splash pad will consume a 64-by-80-foot space near Main Street and Pesotum Avenue.
“It’s kinda like three circles together,” Summers described of the design. “There are about 20 features.”
Summers noted Aquatic Recreation Company is furnishing the equipment. A sample of features includes the Triple Fun Tree, a three-armed structure, the Flower Shower, a jet structure with imitation flower petals, and the Water Whoosh, a 20-foot bucket-equipped feature.
C3 Construction has experience creating splash pads.
“We’ve done two for the State of Oklahoma, for a couple state parks,” Summers detailed, “and we have another contract in Lindsay.”
The company plans to finish the Shawnee project within 60 days and is aiming for a specific completion date.
“The hope is to have it done by Memorial Day,” Summers said.
In February, Avedis Foundation approved a $203,293 grant to the city, with those funds to be matched by the city.
At that city commission meeting, city commissioners expressed gratitude for the funds and Mayor Wes Mainord said, “What a splash it will make.”
The water fun extends beyond the Boy Scout Park Splash Pad, with Shawnee’s New Municipal Pool Project, a downtown multi-feature recreational facility, scheduled to open the same weekend.
City Director of Operations James Bryce said the facility, which formally broke ground in July, is set to include diving boards, a basketball goal, a climbing wall, an interactive play system in the zero-depth entry, a current channel and two slides.
“One is real wide, we call it a family slide, and three people can go down at the same time,” he described. “The other one is a flume slide with a couple of twists.”
To view a rendering of the pool project, visit www.shawneeok.org/publicworks/parks.