This post provides a short summary of discussions that have been heard over the past four years about installing a splash pad at Jubilee Park. The intention is to give Illinois Valley residents an opportunity to share ideas and concerns and maybe get together to draw up a proposal for the City to approve so steps can be taken to get the project started.
Funding for projects like this are available through a variety of foundations. The City of Cave Junction would not need to pay for installation of the spray pad but community support for maintenance in the following years needs to be an integral part of the discussion and plan.
What is a splash pad
Splash pads, also known as spray parks, are basically a concrete pad with a variety of devices that spray water. Not much different than putting a sprinkler out on the lawn for kids to run through. The image below shows a medium size pad with a modest number of spray devices. Some of the bigger parks have a much larger variety of spray features.
Proposed location at Jubilee Park
The site that has been suggested for the splash pad is between the playground and pavilion because parents can sit in one location and supervise their children playing in either the playground or splash pad.
What about water use
It is possible to install systems that recycles water. An example is the video below that shows a time-lapse construction of the Bullhead City Splash Park, which recycles water. Note that the Bullhead City project includes shade structures over picnic tables where parents can supervise in comfort and wheelchair access pathways so residents of all abilities can enjoy cooling off on those hot summer days.