City council approves construction to expand splash pad in Longview

City council approves construction to expand splash pad in Longview
December may be a little early to start talking about splash pads, but the hottest spot in the city of Longview every summer will soon get some fun new upgrades!

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - December may be a little early to start talking about splash pads, but the hottest spot in the city of Longview every summer will soon get some fun new upgrades.

The Longview City Council approved on Thursday funding for the construction of two new sections on the existing Jack M. Mann splash pad at Lear Park. A parks and recreation spokesperson said the decision helps build on one of the most popular spots in the city.

“[The Jack M. Mann splash pad] has been out there for a few years, we did a great job of raising money and getting that out for our community to be able to use and benefit,” said Scott Caron, director of parks and recreation. “But there are two sections we didn’t have enough funding for when it was originally built.”

This is an artist's rendition of one of the new Pirate-themed section being added to Jack M. Mann splash pad.
This is an artist's rendition of one of the new Pirate-themed section being added to Jack M. Mann splash pad.

That’s where November’s $104 million bond election came in. The third proposition was approved to cover city park renovations, including upgrades to Lear Park.

The splash pad is currently a “ground spray,” or basically a bunch of holes in the concrete that water is sprayed through to create a spraying effect. Caron said kids love what the park offers, but the master plan called for the two additions he believed would be a game-changer the hot summer months.

This is an artist's rendition of one of the new Western-themed section being added to Jack M. Mann splash pad.
This is an artist's rendition of one of the new Western-themed section being added to Jack M. Mann splash pad.

“They like things to move, to be able to slide, and to go out and have a little more fun to them," Caron said. “So that’s what we’re adding; each section will have 2 to 3 slides, we’ll have some big palm trees and have a wagon, have a little fun and have a little feature to them.”

If everything goes according to plan, Caron hopes to have everything in place, built, and working by the beginning of summer 2019.

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