LAYTON -- City Director of Parks and Recreation David Price has wasted no time in moving a splash pad project forward in the city.
Price asked city staff to prepare an area in Ellison Park, where the new water feature will be constructed. He did so prior to a council vote to hire a contractor for the recreational amenity.
The preliminary work means construction of the project will begin immediately, Price said. He has projected the facility could be open for public use by July 4 this year.
The city council voted to hire Wasatch West Contracting LLC to construct the water park by a unanimous vote for $217,600. Wasatch was one of four bidders for the project.
The project includes the installation of all plumbing, electrical, a water recirculation system, the concrete pad and water sprays and play equipment.
The splash pad will be at Ellison Park on the east side, between a softball field and tennis courts, adjacent to bathroom facilities.
The location close to existing bathroom facilities is expected to trim as much as $100,000 from potential costs for the facility, Price said.
"It should be an exciting, fun project," he said.
Price said construction plans call for the structure to be finished by mid-June, which would then provide a small test window, allowing the pad to potentially open the weekend before July 4.
City officials wrestled a bit with the decision of where to put the splash pad. Recreation committee members weighed placing the pad near the city pool. After the council reviewed the matter twice, Ellison was chosen.
Several members of the recreation board voiced their opposition to the final location to several members of the council.
Price said he is confident the right spot has been chosen.