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New amenity could make a splash at Lions Park

Updated: 05/16/2019

Our department receives a lot of requests for new recreation amenities at local parks. One of the most common is a permanent splash pad.

Rendering of kids playing in splash pad waterThis month, the City Council will hear a proposal from the Shakopee Lions Club and Aquatix, a subsidiary of Landscape Structures, the company that installed Shakopee’s Fun For All Playground. Aquatix is interested in installing an inclusive splash pad at no cost to the city. Aquatix would donate the play features and hydraulic water system ($50,000 value) while the Lions Club would provide labor and other construction materials ($20,000 value). The Lions Club has requested the city consider paying for water.

The inclusive splash pad would be installed where the current sand volleyball site is, providing easy access to the Fun For All Playground without impacting other park amenities. If approved, construction could begin this summer.

The proposal is definitely a generous offer, as construction of a similar splash would cost the city upward of $75,000. While we are working out details for water consumption – the design would use an estimated 874,800 gallons annually – the Lions Club has expressed a willingness to contribute toward ongoing maintenance fees. Our department is exploring potential opportunities to recycle the water.

A permanent splash pad at Lions Park is also a likely recommendation in the city’s Master Park Plan, which is under development. Thus, Aquatix and Shakopee Lions Club’s offer provides Shakopee with a unique private-public-nonprofit partnership that aligns with our values and goals.

The City Council will consider the proposal at its May 21 meeting. The Park and Recreation Advisory Board expressed support for the proposal at its May 13 meeting. Check out Aquatix’s Proposal [PDF] for more information.

  1. Updated: 05/16/2019