Burleson city council broke ground on the city's first splash pad Friday, December 10. Joining them for the occasion were members of the parks board, representatives from Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds & Waterparks, Kimley-Horn planning and design engineering consultants, and city staff.
"The citizens truly designed this project," stated Mayor Chris Fletcher during the ceremony. "Various public input, surveys and town halls were used to make the city's first splash pad exactly what our community wants."
The splash pad will be located next to the outdoor swimming pool at the Burleson Recreation Center, 550 NW Summercrest Blvd. The site will also have restrooms, shade, an area for toddlers and seating for parents.
"We had over 12,000 responses for the splash pad design," said Jen Basham, parks and recreation director. "We are excited to bring this amenity to our residents."
"The best part about this project is that we will not have to wait long to use it," said Mayor Fletcher. "It is projected to be open for Memorial Day 2022."
The splash pad will be open to the public at no cost. Parks and recreation staff will be charged with the maintenance and provide chemical checks and balancing every two hours during operational hours of the splash pad. This is the standard operating procedure for the recreation center's existing aquatic facilities.
The construction contract was awarded to Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds & Waterparks through a cooperative purchasing agreement. (Kimley-Horn worked with multiple splash pad designers throughout the design process, and ultimately the community supported the design created by Kraftsman. Kraftsman is the sole proprietor of the specific design and amenities). The contract is not to exceed $1,698,961.82 and is funded through the half-cent of Burleson sales tax revenue dedicated to parks capital projects.