The long awaited opening of the splash pad at Centennial Park will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting on May 21 at 3 p.m. Col. Patrick Higby, 75th Air Base Wing commander will do the honors.
The large splash pad includes a water spout, water bars and a water arch all of which feature cool, sanitized water.
Intermittent features will spray water upwards including a spray ring, an arch jet manifold, water jewel fountain, a water column and a ground funnel fountain. All water features were provided by Minnesota-based Aquatic Recreation Co.
The splash pad will be activated by touch sensor device mounted nearby which will work only during set hours of operation.
Ultraviolet filters will protect users from such waterborne infections as cryptosporidiosis.
"The reservoir has a 2,400 gallon capacity that re-criculates to produce very little water waste," said Dennis Bills, project manager and member of the 75th Engineer Group overseeing the project.
The splash pad project was funded by the Commander-in-Chief's Installation Award monies granted to Hill Air Force Base two years ago.
The project was carried out by Pacific Pools, a subcontractor to Garrett and Co.
Lee Anne Hensley, Hilltop Times correspondent, provided substantial background material for this article.