The rain stayed away on Friday morning for the groundbreaking of the Maumelle Splash Pad at 90 Lake Pointe Place.
The new facility is located next to the tennis courts there.
Alderman Chad Gardner was among those on hand and said, "I want to thank everyone that's been involved in this project for the last four years."
Among those cited by name include: Alyssa Anderson, Ashley Washam, Becca Webb, Christine Gronwald, Dave Roberts, Josh Price Rick Anderson and Phillip Raborn.
The project has raised a little more than $110,000 in private donations, along with a $75,000 contribution from the city.
The Lake Valencia Play and Splash Park has been described as “all-inclusive”and will be designed to exceed guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.
Among the organizations that have contributed are: Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation, Clark Family Foundation, Maumelle Lions Club, Riley's Warriors, Inc., Kimberly Clark Foundation, Kids Being Kids Therapy Holly and Michael Miguet, Rotary Club of Maumelle, Crafton Tull Foundation, Maumelle Civitan and RJ and Carla Mazzoni and family.
The project is still seeking funds for Phase 2 and for more information, or to donate, contact Phillip Raborn with the city’s Parks & Recreations Department. He can be reached by calling, 501-851-6990 or Phillip@maumelleparksandrec.com.
The project is expected to be completed by January, weather permitting.