Shawnee's New Municipal Pool Project has assumed a catchy identity: Shawnee Splash.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An in-depth look at the branding and design of an upcoming recreational facility.

Shawnee’s New Municipal Pool Project has assumed a catchy identity: Shawnee Splash.

John Ayers, pool committee chairman and designer of the project’s logo, explained the new branding ideally represents the facility.

“There is no doubt in my mind that people, young and old alike, are going to be amazed when they enter the park for the first time,” he said.

That potential amazement is on the horizon. The facility, which formally broke ground in July 2014, is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.

“Shawnee Splash opens May 23 with a grand opening ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. in Woodland Park,” Ayers detailed.

City Director of Operations James Bryce said the water park 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,” Bryce described. “The other one is a flume slide with a couple of twists.”

Additional amenities include a board/training room for lifeguards or resident parties, showers and restrooms and an expanded concession and kitchen area.

On Monday’s Shawnee City Commission consent agenda is an item pertaining to the solicitation for requests for proposals from concession stand operators.

In a memorandum to Mayor Wes Mainord and city commissioners, Bryce emphasized expected visitor demand and said, “…the water park might consider hiring their own staff in the future but for [the] time a more experienced staff is needed.”

Addressing budget considerations, Bryce added the action would not be a cost to Shawnee Splash, but an income.

Karri Foster was recently hired as Shawnee Splash’s aquatic director and will be responsible for lifeguard hiring, programming and day-to-day operations of the pool.

“I am so excited to be on board with Shawnee Splash. I feel blessed to assist in bringing this avenue of recreation to Shawnee,” Foster said. “Many hours have been put into planning this amazing project and I know everyone will enjoy what will be offered.”

The funding goal for the $4.2 million pool project was met approximately one year ago. City contribution totaled $3 million. The pool committee collected the remaining, approximate $1.2 million with the help of an Avedis Foundation challenge grant, which matched half of the remaining goal.

The three largest Avedis challenge donors were Sarkeys Foundation, in the form of a $150,000 grant, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, in the amount of $100,000, and Pottawatomie County, in the amount of $50,000. At that time, Ayres noted the goal was reached with the aid of 148 donors.

Ayres believes the completed project will be a great promotional tool for Shawnee.

“For years, families have been traveling to Midwest City and Edmond to experience their water parks. When Shawnee Splash opens, no more,” he said.

The water fun extends beyond the park, with a splash pad at Boy Scout Park expected to open the same weekend. On the dates coinciding, Mainord said, “What a splash it will make.”