EAGLE POINT — Testing the water temperature Thursday in the Rogue Valley's newest splash park, 4-year-old Cayden Petersen let out a burst of laughter as his mother Abra Petersen snapped a photo on her cellphone from the lawn.
Petersen, who lives just outside Eagle Point and said she discovered the spray park during Fourth of July festivities, said the small park was a nice addition to an area with “not a whole lot to do for families.”
Petersen said she was planning on regular visits to the water park with her family.
“I have three kids, and we live on a pretty tight budget, so things like this are really good because they’re free,” said the mother.
“On a hot day, we can load up the kids and get our errands done and then stop off and let the kids get in the water. It’s a nice little park. They did a good job.”
Robert Miller, Eagle Point's public works director, said while the park is open, some finishing touches are planned in the coming weeks.
City officials fast-tracked the water turn-on to make sure it would be ready for Independence Day celebrations.
Officially, the park will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This year, with the final touches still in the works, an official dedication isn't slated until sometime in August.
Miller said a series of large, 15-by-15 foot shade structures, similar to those used by Medford and Ashland parks department splash parks, should be delivered soon, with installation planned for the week of July 24.
Additionally, benches, drinking fountains and picnic tables will be added in coming weeks. Miller said that even without the finishing touches, he’s been hard pressed to find a time during operating hours in the past week where residents aren’t busy enjoying the new attraction.
Like other regional parks, the spray area features various spray fountains, a mushroom-shaped dome shower and a tower with buckets that fill up and dump water on people below.
The park, which is downtown on Napa Street across from City Hall and the Eagle Point Library, was designed by Galbraith and Associates to complement features at nearby Centennial Plaza, completed six years ago.
Constructed by Siskiyou Cascade Construction Inc. and Pro Lawn Services, the splash park was funded by a combination of parks and grant funding from the Ford Family Foundation. Members of the Upper Rogue Rotary Club provided a grant for landscaping and irrigation of the surrounding area, plus they volunteered to plant trees and shrubs.
Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the summer.
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