Looking for a way to keep the family cool in the summer? Have we got a news flash for you: A splash pad park is coming to town!
For those of you who have not yet dived into this type of watery wonderland, here's a quick explanation:
- First, no diving! A splash pad is an area of water play that has no standing water.
- Next, think of it as your backyard sprinkler times 1,000. Most splash pads include fountains, mists, mushroom showers, rainbow showers, ground sprays and — dare I say — water cannons.
- Most splash pads are surfaced in textured non-slip concrete or crumb rubber so running is allowed.
Sounds great! Tell me more!
At this point, there's not a lot more to tell, as it is a work-in-progress. Here is what we do know:
- The location of the splash pad park should be determined in the next 30 to 45 days. It will be located in Rochester.
- A fundraising project called "Rochester 100" will pay for the construction of the splash pad park. The project asks 100 Rochester families and/or businesses to donate $1,000 each. The $100,000 raised will be split between the splash pad park and the . Fundraising efforts will start in June.
- Best of all, there will be no admission charge for the splash pad park. You can frolic for free!
There are splash pads in communities across southeast Michigan; check out these photos from splash pads in , and Farmington Hills.
When do I need my swimsuit?
Of course, the information everyone is eager to know is: when? WHEN? Tell me WHEN!
Well, don't throw out those slip-and-slides and sprinklers just yet.
Kristi Trevarrow, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority said, "The Splash Pad is slated to be built in 2013 or 2014."
Until then, keep cool, Rochester!