Splash park coming

By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@civitasmedia.com

Scioto County Commissioners are excited to announce that the Doug Coleman Memorial Splash Park opening is progressing; unfortunately, the waiting game will continue a bit longer.

“On the Splash Pad, there was a meeting yesterday in Columbus with Ohio Department of Health (ODH),” Commissioner Bryan Davis confirmed. “We did find out what was needed to be done to get the pad open, and we are working with the contractor today to determine next steps. We should know more in the next couple days about a timeline for opening.”

The park was originally scheduled to open in May; however, opening day never came after a delay caused by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The ODH approved plans for use of a non-pressurized drain pipe to carry used water back to be filtered for reuse. After construction was completed, The ODH came back saying the contractor, Vortex, should have used a pressurized pipe.

Commissioners explained Tuesday that they knew there were three courses of action possible and that they would take the course of action that resulted in them getting the park opened within the soonest amount of time.

At this point, the park opening has been delayed three weeks. The meeting with the ODH was requested after Commissioners became frustrated, waiting on a course of action and not getting any guidance or communication. Any course of action to open the park was estimated to take at least an additional three weeks. Commissioners have had to visit the park and even run water through to keep the chemicals flowing on a regular basis. Everything works properly and is ready to cool down some excited and impatient children. Commissioners hope to see the park open before the end of the season.

By Nikki Blankenship


Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.