GENEVA – The Geneva Park District board approved spending $522,000 to construct a new water play area known as a sprayground at Sunset Pool, officials announced in a news release.
The new interactive water sprayground will feature a variety of squirting, spraying and splashing features for children.
The sprayground will replace the sand area and play structure currently located east of the main pool.
Highlights of the new sprayground include a swaying palm with coconuts that dump water, a hollow log slide, a push-me-pull-you squirting feature where kids can push and pull to squirt and play with each other and super soaker water rings that spray water when children run through them.
The sprayground includes a variety of features that squirt water: both a spinning flower and a stationary flower, a frog, a split pea, baby long legs that squirts water up, a water feature that sprays water in the shape of a mushroom and another squirts water up and in an arch.
“We are thrilled about this addition at Sunset Pool,” Recreation Superintendent Nicole Vickers stated in the release. “The hands-on sprayground will be ADA accessible and feature vibrant colors and fun water features that allow children to utilize all five senses during play.”
The park board approved the bid for $316,000 from Crossroads Construction at its Aug 20 meeting for the district’s second sprayground, documents show.
Crossroads was the lone bidder, records show, but the company had successfully completed installation of the Mill Creek Pool’s sprayground, records show.
The project’s total cost, estimated at $522,000, was budgeted in the district’s capital improvement plan, Vickers stated in the release.
“We are constantly looking at ways to improve our parks, programs and facilities to meet the community’s needs,” Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte stated in the release.
Construction on the project will begin this fall, and the sprayground is slated to be completed by Sunset Pool’s opening day of May 25, 2019.
Earlier this year, the park district opened a sprayground feature at the Mill Creek Pool, at a cost of $450,000.
More information is available by visiting www.genevaparks.org or calling 630-232-4542.