Spray pad opening set for Saturday
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—Katherine Doty/Tribune-Courier
Volunteer youngsters take advantage of a test of the new splash pad at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville.  Judging from the grins and shrieks of excitement, there were no complaints from the testers.
—Katherine Doty/Tribune-Courier Volunteer youngsters take advantage of a test of the new splash pad at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. Judging from the grins and shrieks of excitement, there were no complaints from the testers.
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By Alan Reed

Tribune-Courier News Editor

areed@tribunecourier.com

DRAFFENVILLE — Upon passage of inspection this week, the spray pad at Mike Miller Park is expected to open Saturday.

Larry Whitt, parks superintendent for Marshall County , said the spray pad will include seven different active fixtures, some with multiple fixtures, for a total of 12 or 13 nozzles.

“The funding comes from a soil and water conservation grant,” Whitt said. “It’s a 50-50 matching grant with the match coming from both county and parks funds.”

Whitt said the county and parks department began the application process for the grant seven years ago and was accepted three years ago. Since then, the parks department has been planning and building the splash pad.

“Barbara Parrish did the legwork for the grant and saw it to fruition,” Whitt said. “I’d also like to commend the special projects group in Marshall County for building the splash pad on time to obtain the grant.”

Whitt said the splash pad will use the municipal water supply provided by North Marshall Water.

Runoff from the pad will travel through a waterfall and into the park’s pond. The park uses water from the pond to irrigate its ball fields.

The pad’s fixtures use motion sensors to open nozzles only when in use to ensure water is not wasted.

Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days per week. No lifeguard will be on duty as there is no standing water.

First aid supplies will be available if needed.

The spray pad will also offer full showers and a restroom for men and women.

For those wanting to stay dry, Whitt said picnic tables and benches will be available. An emergency telephone will be available when needed. Concession will be offered at lunch time at nearby ball fields A beverage concession machine will also be available.

“Instead of renting out just the pad for parties, we are building a pavilion beside it, which will be rented with the spray pad for parties,” Whitt said.

There will be no charge for the use of the spray pad, unless otherwise rented for a private party. Whitt said it will be open to the public every day.
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