The area’s newest recreation center will open Friday, May 26, at noon, just in time for the sunshine to become prevalent. It’s the Doug Coleman Memorial Splash Park, located at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.
“They’re working hard trying to get the final details finished,” Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Bryan Davis said. “They’re trying to get some landscaping, some of the little things that matter.”
Davis said the park is ready, with electric, water, and all aspects of the park in place.
“Vortex, (the designer and contractors) will be down the week of the 26th to go through the paces with our people and make sure that everything’s good to go,” Davis said. “They (Vortex) came in and actually oversaw the construction of the splash park itself, all of the components.”
Davis said one of the things people may not know about the construction of the park is that all work was done by local contractors.
“As far as the installation, it was all local,” Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree said.
Pepsi Cola is an official sponsor of the facility.
“Pepsi will be getting their machinery in, with the vending machines and things like that,” Davis said. “The parking lot is being built.” He said there is parking already in place that will also be used.
Davis said plans are to continue to grow the facility. Davis said, when the facility was built, it was built to be added onto.
“We have plenty of room for expansion,” Commissioner Cathy Coleman, who was married to the late County Commissioner Doug Coleman, who the park is named after. “The way they built it is to expand it.”
Davis talked about the way the water is circulated through the daily operation.
“The system, the way it’s designed – yes, it recirculates. Yes, it filters, yes, it cleans, but it’s also designed to take water in as water needs replenished,” Davis said. “It’s not like the same old stagnant water is used over and over and over. It will be recycled and reused.”
He said the estimate is that 12-18,000 gallons will be used depending on the attendance.
“There are phones there and they have been talking about getting radios,” Davis said. “There’s communication to be able to call 911. Those are the fine little details that we’ve been talking about and working on and making sure everybody understands.”
Davis said there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Friday and admission is $2.
“The more people that are there, the lower the cost goes,” Davis said.
Davis said the hours Monday through Friday will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with different hours on Saturday
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