By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – Following an emotional tribute ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Jeffrey P. Lamarand Splash Pad in Heritage Park signaled the start of summer with a Memorial Day weekend opening.
“We’ve been looking forward to this event for a long time,” Mayor Rick Sollars said of the facility, named in honor of the former mayor who died in 2014. Last year city officials approved funding for the newest addition to the Sheridan Open Air Pavilion area and naming the splash pad for Lamarand, who served as mayor from 2009 to 2013.
“The Splash Par is spectacular,” Sollars said. “It fits into the vision we have for Heritage Park as a great destination point in our community.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 26 for the baseball-themed attraction, which opened to the public on May 28 and welcomed visitors through the holiday weekend. Opening day was sponsored by Life Bridge Church, and the first 200 children who enjoyed the facility were treated to a free two-hour pass, hot dogs, chips and a soda.
The splash pad will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 wishing to splash about must be accompanied by an adult.
Fees for Splash Pad use are $3 for two hours, or $5 for a day pass. Group party rates are available, and Taylor Recreation Center members may purchase a “Gold Pass” for unlimited family access.
Currently there are no changing areas or locker rooms. Plans are to add small lockers, but residents are asked to supply their own towels.
The Splash Pad is part of a $250,000 “phase two” for the Pardee Road park. The initial phase included restoration of the pavilion, which last year began hosting weekly Farmer’s Markets and summer concerts.
For more information on the Splash Pad call 734-374-8900 or go to www.cityoftaylor.com.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)