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Splash pad now open in Worthington

Worthington splash pad
Worthington's new splash pad opened Tuesday afternoon in Centennial Park. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — At long last, the city of Worthington's new splash pad is open.

The splash pad opened for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, offering some relief to youths during temperatures that climbed into the mid-80s. It will be available for use between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Centennial Park.

Worthington Noon Kiwanis started the push for the splash pad, raising more than $40,000 at the annual Deep Freeze Dip in January 2018. With a $50,000 grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation and additional contributions, the community raised $112,272.27 toward the project. The remaining funds came from the city of Worthington’s Community Growth Fund, which was established by the Worthington City Council with $2.5 million in hospital sale proceeds in November 2017.

Groundbreaking took place last September. The 4,950-square-foot splash pad features a wet zone along with more than 30 different water features, including fountains, geysers, jetstreams and colorful, child-friendly, water-spraying accessories. It has a water recycling system, along with a debris trap and rainwater diverter valve.

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