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Splash pads explained to the Peru City Council

Posted by wlpo on November 4, 2013

Remember a few months ago when it was 85 degrees by noon and schools were dismissing early because of the heat?  The swimming pools were already closed for the season because the teenage lifeguards were also back in school.  Some towns with splash pads don’t have this problem.

Friends for Peru Pool, a fundraising group for a new Peru pool, made a pitch for a splash pad to the city council Monday night.  Claudia Mikyska, widow of the late alderman Joe Mikyska, showed photos of a splash pad Chillicothe had made for about $100,000.  She says in Chillicothe the splash pad is open May 1 until sometime in the fall, it’s accessible and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and doesn’t require lifeguards.

The group hopes they could apply for a state grant to receive partial funding and continues to hold fundraisers.

The aldermen seemed genuinely interested after hearing the presentation.  Mayor Scott Harl says he wants to hear a budget before they agree to submit a grant application.  The Public Property and Recreation Committees will meet together along with Friends for Peru Pool before coming back to the council with more numbers.

You can learn more about the fundraising effort by visiting Friends for Peru Pool’s website.

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