|11/5/2013 5:11:00 AM|
Splashing around in Peru? Council considers summertime pad
Friends for Peru Pool said it might be a few years before they raise money for a new pool, but have a new idea that would allow residents to enjoy some fun in the sun while they wait.
The group presented plans to build a splash pad in Washington Park to the Peru city council at Monday’s meeting. Group member Claudia Mikyska said a new pool could cost between $1 and $2 million and could take years to raise the money. She said that Peru needed something now to show it was committed to family fun and a future pool.
That is why the group suggested the city add a Splash Pad while waiting to reach the goal for a new pool. A splash pad is an area where sprayers and other items are set up to interact with guests. Mikyska said the area would be handicapped accessible and could be attractive and artistic.
“We have plenty of options,” she said. “It can be as elaborate or simple as we want.”
The group said it visited a splash pad in another city which cost $100,000 to build and $300 a month to operate. Mikyska said the group was considering working with the company Vortex.
The group was hoping to apply for a state matching grant by May 2014 for a $200,000 splash pad. This would mean $100,000 would come from the state and $100,000 from either the city or the group’s funds.
No specific location was yet determined for the pad, but it was suggested that it be located near a playground, shade and picnic area. The groups said it wanted to leave room for the future pool.
Alderman Rodney Perez voiced some concerns about the project including if the cell towers in the park would hinder the project, if water would be recycled and if the base of the pad was made of concrete.
Mikyska said the water could be recycled or have automatic shutoffs to save on water and money. She added that Vortex said the towers should not be an issue. Also, the pad of the play area would be made on concrete with a finish to help with traction, but there was softer alternatives available which were more money.
Alderman Tony Ferrari asked if the Splash Pad the group went to visit had city supervision. Mikyska said that city was advised not to have supervision because if something happened the city would be liable. She said without city supervision the parents would be held responsible for what happened at the Splash Pad. Doug Schweickert, the city’s attorney, agreed with this action.
Mayor Scott Harl said the group had to meet with the city further to determine how much the project would cost.
In other business:
- Alderman Dave Potthoff said the city is planning on going paperless by Jan.1, 2014 which includes meeting packets to city officials and the public. The packets would be emailed out to city officials with some items available to residents online. The city also is looking into notebooks for aldermen to use at the meetings. Potthoff said aldermen could opt out of getting one if they wanted to use a personal notebook instead.
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