Splash opens for first full season

Year-old facility continues to get big crowds
By: 
Kimberly Wethal

Photo by Jim Ferolie. The weather was perfect for the McKee Farms Park splash pad on Memorial Day weekend.

If you go
What: Splash Pad birthday
When: June 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: McKee Farms Park
Info: jake@paradymeproductions.com

The new splash pad is continuing to make waves in Fitchburg.

After opening last summer, high attendance has led the park to be packed with families most days, with around 500 people on hotter ones. The splash pad opened for the season on May 24 and has seen the same turnout numbers that it did in the last few weeks of last summer.

“It’s basically been packed, and people are having a lot of fun,” said Joan Mohr, president of the Fitchburg Optimist Club, which raised about $250,000 starting in 2010 to build the $735,000 zero-depth water play area.

“You’ll see a lot of the little kids go for things like the spider jet, where water comes up and over like spider legs, and I know a lot of the older kids like to play with the horse cannons so they can have water fights,” she added. “Then there’s the dumping buckets that the older kids like, too.”

The splash pad, which is located at McKee Farms Park, is about 5,000 square feet and has a farmyard theme to it that includes things like a red barn and various farm animals. Mohr said the benches and picnic tables have been acquired for the facility, and her group plans to install big shade structures and trees that will go in around mid-July.

Mohr said donations for the shade structure are greatly appreciated, and there are still bricks available to buy that will be displayed at the facility.

For more information, including donations, email Mohr at joaniemohr@gmail.com.

For information on the facility, including hours and dates, search for “splash pad” on city.fitchburg.wi.us.

Splash pad birthday party

The first birthday celebration for the splash pad will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the splash pad facility, with a rainout date of June 29.

There will be pizza and ice cream available for purchase, and free birthday cake for participants.

For information, contact event organizer Jake Johnson at jake@paradymeproductions.com or visit the city’s online calendar.

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