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First splash pad meeting is Friday

This sketch shows features that are sometimes included in splash pad designs. A splash pad has little or no standing water. (Drawing courtesy of Aquatix Landscape Structures)

The first of at least two splash pad community interest meetings will take place this Friday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Alexandria City Hall.

At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved splash pad organizers' request to put the facility in Dean Melton-Fillmore Park. Organizers are holding the meetings to explain the project and answer any questions residents may have.

A splash pad is a play area that offers water fountains, geysers or sprays that people of all ages can use to cool off in the summer. Sauk Centre recently added one and there are splash pads in Sartell, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids and three in St. Cloud.

No city money is going toward the project, which is estimated to cost between $450,000 and $500,000.

Organizers, led by Brandon Johnson and Sarah Reif, are raising the money through fundraisers, private and business donations, and also plan to apply for grants.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend one the meetings.

The next one is scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m., also at City Hall. If there is a need, a third one will be scheduled after that time.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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