On a cloudy Thursday morning, the Maumelle Splash Pad held its grand opening and ribbon cutting.
The Splash Pad is located next to the Maumelle Public Library and is just phase one of a much larger plan, said Maumelle Parks & Recreations Director Phillip Raborn.
Phase Two, he said, is the addition of an inclusive playground as it will become the Maumelle Play and Splash.
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“Although Maumelle has several playgrounds for children and families to enjoy, we do not have an all-inclusive play space,” Raborn said. “Our ultimate vision for Maumelle Play & Splash is to create an inclusive playground to accompany the new splash pad — a playground that accommodates all children, with or without disabilities, as well as their caregivers.”
Inclusive playgrounds have additional features that allow those with special needs to use and access the park. In the last few years, inclusive playgrounds have opened in North Little Rock, Cabot and Little Rock, among other cities in central Arkansas.
Donations are still being sought for the playground and he can be emailed at email@example.com or called at 501-851-6990.
The Splash Pad will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October of this year and it cost roughly $250,000 to build. Its daily operation is funded by the city and admission is free.
The Splash Pad is personal for Mayor Caleb Norris.
“I have young children myself, and I can tell you that this is a long-awaited park in our community,” he said. “Residents have seen the construction happening over the past several months and are anxious to begin using the splash pad.”
Splash Pad rules can be viewed by clicking here.
Top contributors to the Splash Pad include the City of Maumelle, Ottenheimer Foundation, Arkansas Department of Health, Clark Family Foundation, Maumelle Lions Club, Riley's Warriors Inc., Kimberly Clark Corporation, Kids Being Kids Therapy, Maumelle Rotary Club, Crafton Tull Foundation, Red Basket, Maumelle River Park Civitan Club, Maumelle Baseball Association, Maumelle Soccer Club, Mazzoni Family, Gardner Family and Maumelle Charter PTO.
Partners include the Timmons Arts Foundation, Play 4 All, Cunningham Recreation and RIR Enterprises.