City council proceeds with  future funding plans for  Design #3 of Splash Pad

SPLASH Navigator Mariah Pierschbacher (right) talks during the Splash pad presentation given at the Chariton City Council meeting Monday night while SPLASH member Max Aulwes (left) looks on. (Bill Howes photo)

At their meeting Monday night, the Chariton City Council was given a presentation about designs for the new Splash Pad that will be built in Chariton. Following the presentation the council approved one of the Splash Pad designs presented, Design #3, which has a Chariton community and fire based theme, and to proceed with applying for future funding resources and grant applications for this design.

SPLASH youth pod group navigator Mariah Pierschbacher and SPLASH member Max Aulwes gave the presentation.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois gave some background on the Splash Pad project. The SPLASH Youth group of Lucas County provided the City of Chariton with an $8,100 grant for design services for a splash pad in Chariton. City staff worked with SPLASH and JEO Engineering on the design plan during the summer and fall of 2019.

The Splash pad will be installed where the old sand pit play area was adjacent to the Vredenburg-Chariton Family Aquatic Center. The Splash Pad will re-circulate water from the aquatic center and it will be open hours beyond the regular hours of the aquatic center.

All three Splash Pad designs have an activation switch to turn on the features for use by the public.

Pierschbacher told the council that she is a navigator for SPLASH, which she said is a non-profit youth operated group that is navigated by two adults. SPLASH has about 20 members that are in 8-12 grades.

“SPLASH is a youth pod and the letters in it don’t stand for anything. It was named SPLASH because members wanted to make a splash in the community with it,” Pierschbacher said.

Read the January 6, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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