City Opens New Splash Pad At Renovated Park 7-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

City Opens New Splash Pad At Renovated Park 7-13-2010

A water-themed section of the revamped Andersen Water Park opened Tuesday morning after weeks of delay.
The 6,000-square-foot splash pad portion of the site opened to the public from 10am until 7pm, free of charge.
The zero depth Mershon-Whittier Splash Pad features water attractions for all ages.
Proper swimming attire is required to play on the splash pad. Changing rooms are available onsite.
Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley kept the park closed during a recent Mid-Michigan heat wave because of ongoing site construction, including newly planted landscaping sod that had not fully grown.
"To the people that were complaining because it was hot the last couple of weeks, I suspect over the next few years it's also going to be hot during summers in Saginaw," Earley said during Monday’s City Council meeting. "Hopefully next year the issue of opening the splash pad will be a non-issue because the entire park will be complete."
The finished park will also feature a skateboard park, playscape, picnic area and a lakeside boardwalk.
It's located on Forney Rd between Court St/ Ezra Rust and M-46 across from the Saginaw YMCA.
When Andersen Water Park opened in 1988, it cost $3.3 million to build.
The city closed Andersen Water Park in 2002, stating it was too expensive to run and maintain.
In 2008, the park’s water slide was removed and sold on eBay to a lakeside campground in Missouri for $27,000.
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