City Council approves design 4-0
From the City of Apopka
The forecast for Apopka’s Kit Land Nelson Park calls for plenty of water showers and lots of fun for kids.
City Council members on Wednesday unanimously voted to proceed with construction of a new splash pad for children that could begin construction in as early as a month and reach completion three months afterward. The $543,493 splash pad design, which was selected among three options, is the largest layout with more than 4,800 square feet to accommodate up to 60 young people with a colorful base and up to 42 water-soaking spray jets and play features.
The project proposed by Freeport Fountains also will feature shade structures, seating, tables, trash bins and fencing. A large pump, piping and filtration systems will keep the water park flowing with up to 301 gallons per minute.
The play features include such fun names as the Mega Soaker – essentially a large bucket that drops 40 gallons of water at a time. A Sneaky Soaker has smaller splash buckets mounted on a tall pole with a water shower head. Splash Blasters are small water cannons, a Fun-Guy is a mushroom-shaped sprayer for toddlers, the Fun-Brella creates a curtain of water and a Spray Tunnel sprays water from a series of ground spouts.
The splash pad is designed with separate zones to entertain children of different ages. Parents can relax on benches surrounding the play area. The City of Apopka recently converted an adjacent indoor racquetball court into restrooms and change areas. The facility also will have a swim diaper vending machine to accommodate younger children.
The new splash pad will be constructed in the location of the park’s existing tennis courts, which will be demolished. City Council members agreed Wednesday that construction will not impact the upcoming Apopka Art and Foliage Festival.
Other, separate future improvements to Kit Land Nelson Park include 2,900 feet of concrete recreational trails and additional parking spots. The city received a $120,000 funding grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Apopka will match that with $80,000. A separate grant will allow the city to create a new playground for the park.