Crews and contractors with Solid Rock Construction were busy Monday afternoon, building what will become a multi-purpose building associated with the Scioto County Splash Pad within Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.
According to a story published by the Community Common in 2016, prior to choosing the design of the park, the commissioners flew to Sandusky, Ohio, to visit a Splash Pad that’s comparable in size to the one proposed in Scioto County. At the time of the visit, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree said it was important the commissioners visit other Splash Pads because they want to get the most out of the money being spent on this project. Commissioner Bryan Davis said while at the Sandusky Splash Pad, they were able to talk to residents of the area to get feedback on the park.
In 2016, the Scioto County Commissioners hired Vortex to construct the Splash Pad.
With the passing of former Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman in 2016, the commissioners decided to dedicate the park in his name. While in office, Coleman was an advocate for the construction of the park.
“I appreciate the commissioners decided to name the park in honor of Doug. It’s something he truly loved and in may ways it was his baby,” County Commissioner and widow Kathy Coleman said when it was decided to name the park.
“He (Coleman) was passionate about it (Splash Pad),” Davis said.
Davis said Coleman’s passion for the project can be seen in the size of a bucket that’s been incorporated into the design of the park, at the urging of Coleman.
“If you want to see how passionate about it (Splash Pad), check out the size of the bucket, it’s huge,” Davis said.
Davis said after seeing the size of the bucket, he thought it was perfect and exactly the size Coleman wanted.
The commissioners have said the construction of the multipurpose building was one of the last remaining steps before the spring opening of the Splash Pad.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be roughly $426,000. The commissioners received $250,000 from the state in the capital improvement budget.
The commissioners are anticipating the splash pad to open Memorial Day weekend.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933