Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE — Walls for the splash pad at Draffenville’s Mike Miller park are beginning to rise.
Marshall County Parks director Larry Whitt said workers have poured the footer for the splash pad. The county received all needed permits from the state to begin work.
“We don’t see it opening this year,” Whitt said.
The 2,300 square-foot splash pad will offer bathrooms and showers for guests. It has 10 water features, including fill-and-dump buckets, spray nozzles, a mist tunnel and a feature Whitt called “The Spider.” A dry seating area will be offered for parents and those wishing to avoid getting wet. When open, the splash pad will accommodate up to 72 guests.
“The spray pad is motion activated, so if nobody is there, it won’t run,” Whitt said. “This is a flow-through design, so no water recirculates.”
Whitt said a recirculating system was more expensive and would require water chlorination and treatment. Instead, used water will go through a waterfall and into the park’s lake. The water will be recycled as the park uses lake water for irrigation.
Future programs could include rentals for exclusive use for parties and events, but plans are not in place at this time.