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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

Moulton looks into building splash pad

By Kristen Bishop ∑ 340-2443

MOULTON — After seeing the smiles of children playing in nearby splash pads like the one at Delano Park in Decatur, Moulton City Council members decided their city needs one, too.

Itís early in the process, and it may be a while before Moulton children can cool off from the stifling heat of summer, but the council took the first step Thursday when it approved a grant application to fund the project.

The city is seeking a land and water grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for $250,000. If the grant is approved, the city would be required to match that amount, making a total of $500,000 for improvements at H.A. Alexander Mini Park.

Moulton has the match amount in its reserves, said City Clerk Shirley Gilley.

Based on preliminary cost estimates from engineering company Goodwin, Mills and Kaywood of Montgomery, $500,000 should be enough to pay for the splash pad as well as a new pavilion with a bathroom and dressing room.

It was not immediately known how big the new splash pad would be, but Moulton Mayor Ray Alexander said it would be similar to the one in Decatur.

The Delano Park splash pad is a 20-by-40-foot padded surface with dozens of sprinklers. The water drains immediately, so users do not need to know how to swim.

Alexander said the new pavilion would be much larger than the existing one, which has only six picnic tables and can seat about 30.

The plans call for a 40-by-60-foot metal pavilion with brick columns located south of the existing one, he said.

The splash pad would be constructed between the parking lot and the new pavilion.

The council held a public hearing Thursday, as required by state law, to let residents voice their concerns before approving the grant application. No one opposed the councilís decision.

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