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Tempe residents will soon have another way to beat the summer heat

Splash Playground at Kiwanis Park slated to open summer 2018

Post Date:02/16/2017 3:00 PM

   

Media Contact: Denise Rentschler
480.350.5209 or denise_rentschler@tempe.gov

TEMPE, Ariz. – Beginning in summer 2018, families will have another cool retreat from the heat, thanks to a new splash playground coming to Kiwanis Park.

The city is building a splash playground near the north soccer field within Kiwanis Park, which is located between Baseline and Guadalupe roads at Mill Avenue. The City Council approved $1.7 million for design and construction of the playground at its Feb. 9 Regular Meeting.

The new playground will become Tempe’s only large water park amenity. Other, smaller splash pads are located throughout Tempe.

Admission to any splash playground and splash pad in Tempe is free.

Residents will be invited to provide input on specific splash playground features in the coming months during a robust public involvement process.  

City staff evaluated Tempe’s community parks to determine the best location for the splash playground based on the amenities currently available. Criteria for location consideration included existing parking availability, access to utilities, water and electrical, as well as proximity to existing restrooms and ADA accessibility.

Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park closed in November 2015 for construction and safety improvements. A contractor’s assessment of the site determined the playground needed to be rebuilt. Future options will be determined through the Rio Salado Park Master Planning Process, which will include extensive community outreach, public meetings and public input. The former playground will be restored to grass.

To read the Kiwanis Park proposal, visit here. To watch the Council discussion, visit here.

For more information on the city’s aquatics facilities, visit www.tempe.gov/pools.

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