By Bryan Boggiano
The planned splash pad at Betti Stradling Park, located at 10301 Wiles Road, is getting ready to make waves for the summer.
City officials announced that construction of the splash pad would begin the week of February 21. City officials expect completion by June 1.
According to Robert Hunter, parks and recreation director, the project initially faced delays because the city needed to upgrade infrastructure. The city installed a 2-inch water and sewer line and a transformer to address this.
Hunter says the city is on track to open the pad in time for summer break despite the initial delays.
“It has been many years that the city residents wanted a public splash pad, and I am happy that I was given the opportunity to work with the entire city staff to make it happen,” he said.
According to Lindsey Steinberg, media relations coordinator, the Betti Stradling splash pad will be the first in a city park free of charge.
The city commission approved a bid from Splashpads USA to design and build the new facility at Betti Stradling Park at their November 17 meeting. The agreement was $426,760, and the city could approve change orders up to $45,000.
At that same meeting, Hunter said that the pad’s location would be at the current fitness area, which will be relocated. He said that officials chose this area for its central location and proximity to pavilions, the skate park, and bathrooms.
The 3,000 square-foot splash pad will be part of a 4,000 square-foot facility with ten programmable LED lights and a 6-foot wet deck buffer.
The pad will also have 20 features such as a tri-dump bucket, a mega dump with the Coral Springs logo, full rain curtains, geyser plates, and a dual flower shower. The features are replaceable, and the city could add new ones later.
Officials said that the pad would be open for extended hours during the summer, allowing families and children more time to cool off and have fun together.
“Betti Stradling Park already has a large playground, pavilion, ball fields, and will now have a splash pad,” Steinberg said. “Our hope is that this will allow residents to have a park where they can spend some quality family time and cool off on hot summer days and remain within Coral Springs City limits.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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