Marianna City Officials to Add New Splash Pad in Madison Street Park


It's not summer yet, but Marianna city officials are preparing for it by adding a new splash pad to Madison Street Park.

It'll be the second splash pad installed.

"We always have CRA (Community Redevelopment Area) projects that we try to do each year with CRA dollars, and we felt like this one is so well used that it would be such a great addition to add another one," said Marianna Street Director, Charlotte Brunner.

Altrusa International of Marianna helped fund the new splash pad with a $20,000 donation.

The organization funded the first one in 2011.

"This one will be located closer, a little closer to the picnic pavilion, it's rented all the time for birthday parties. I think people want to use it even now with the weather being as gorgeous as it is," said Brunner.

The new splash pad will have the same features as the old one.

The only difference is that the center valve will have a mushroom waterfall for kids to play under.

"Actually what we're doing now, we're on the phase of bringing water, so we'll have ample supply of water," said Marianna Street/Facilities Supervisor Samuel Everett.

Crews with the Marianna street division have installed the water pipes.

"In order to accommodate both splash pads we're currently adding more volume so both of them will be able to work properly," said Everett.

There's another addition that will compliment the splash pads.

"We've added this new seating wall, as you can see, because this pad will be closer to the side wall, and we felt like instead of a fence or something, that this would really help out," said Brunner.

Residents can expect to use both splash pads by mid-spring.

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