Sabetha Splash Park to be installed professionally
The dirt work for the new splash park has been done for a couple of months now at the Sixth Street Park, but that slab remains empty of any equipment; and after many meetings and discussions, the Sabetha Kiwanis Club and the City came to the conclusion that the Splash Park should be professionally installed.
Kiwanis Club President Scott Wedel received approval to move forward with the Splash Park from the City Commission at the May 9 commission meeting. At that point, the Kiwanis Club needed to order the equipment so the city could begin construction on the park in August 2016.
According to Wedel, after looking into the project more, the City of Sabetha and Kiwanis realized the project was more complex than initially expected. Even though the Splash Park construction did not begin in August as planned, Wedel said it was for the better.
“We wanted to take our time to make sure that all steps in the process are being completed as well as they possibly can,” he said. “That way, we will have a park structure that will last a very long time. In the end, we do not want to mess it up.”
According to Wedel, the decision to have the Splash Park professionally installed has substantially increased the cost of the project.
At the Sabetha City Commission Meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, Mayor Doug Clark spoke to the commission about the Splash Park saying the Kiwanis Club underestimated the cost of the project and was short about $37,000.
After reassuring the commission that Kiwanis members were working to raise the additional funds, the commission approved the request for the city to proceed with the building of the Splash Park, with Kiwanis reimbursing the city within a year.
According to Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, after multiple bids, AHRS – the general contractor who will be leading the installation project – and Kiwanis came to an agreement. The installation of the splash park is set to commence soon.
The new time frame for the splash park to be ready by is spring/summer of 2017.
“We’re very excited that the installation of the splash park will be starting soon,” Wedel said. “This is a great example of the community working together to make this [the splash park] happen.”
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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.