Just in time for warmer weather, the popular splash pad in Friendswood’s Stevenson Park is tripling in size this spring.
A Citizen’s Advisory group suggested the additional space when City Council asked for a list of items that could be part of a bond election. It was one of the most wanted amenities. What voters approved in November 2013 is expected to be a reality in mid-April.
“This will not be your ordinary splash pad,” said Friendswood Parks and Recreation Director James Toney. “Most people think of splash pads as just water shooting out of the ground. The existing splash pad and the new area will have both ground sprays and above ground, interactive features,” Toney said. He predicts kids will safely have fun directing the sprays at each other.
People who bring kids to play at the splash pads will find something they like also. “We’re adding a covered area with benches for people to sit and watch while the kids play,” said Toney. In addition, a new sidewalk, connecting the expanded splash pad to the new Rotary Pavilion is also part of the Stevenson Park upgrades.
The cost of the complete package came in at just under $100,000.
A date for the “Grand Opening” of the expanded splash pad will be announced in the near future.