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Families enjoy Marysville Spray Park, Arlington splash pad in the works

 

Christopher Andersson

Adalyn Mcguire, left, Carmen Mcguire, center, and Ethan Mcguire, right, play at the Marysville Spray Park at Comeford Park on June 30.

Marysville's Spray Park is open for the summer as Arlington's Haller Park splash pad continues with planning.

Splash pads are water attractions with numerous water jets, but no standing water, meant to be a summer activity that is much safer than the more standard pools or rivers.

Marysville Splash Pad

The Marysville Spray Park at Comeford Park opened on Memorial Day and is open for the summer until Labor Day.

The downtown Comeford Park is at 514 Delta Ave., Marysville. The Spray Park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Last year, due to good weather and continued use, the Spray Park stayed open past Labor Day as well.

While no official attendance statistics are kept by the city, the Spray Park has received heavy use over the last couple of years, said Connie Mennie, communications officer with the City of Marysville.

"The Spray Park is very popular and has surpassed anticipated use. It's busy all summer and was jam-packed on the hot sunny days last weekend," she said.

Families enjoy the local water attraction as a way to cool down during hot summer days.

"We love it, we love to come over here," said local parent Mariana Mcguire. "It helps us to refresh,."

Comeford Park is also receiving a barbecue area to improve the park for family use during the summer.

An area that used to have old playground equipment at the park is currently fenced off while a barbecue area is being installed.

The barbecue area is meant "to make it more enjoyable for families to spend longer amounts of time there, especially during the summer. We're grateful to Marysville Sunrise Rotary for donating the picnic tables for this park upgrade," said Mennie.

Mcguire said that will be a nice upgrade to the park.

"We need something like it because we don't have anything like that here and it will be good for the families," she said.

City staff are putting in the improvements to save on money, said Mennie, and the goal is to have the barbecue open by late July.

Arlington Splash Pad

The Arlington Rotary has been working to improve Haller Park for the past several years, beginning with new playground equipment and continuing now with a splash pad that they hope will begin construction in 2018.

"Everybody knows a few years ago what Haller Park looked like. There was homeless people. There was drugs," said Bryce Duskin, Rotary member.

Because of that the local club installed new equipment, which led to another project.

"Then we started talking about a splash pad. 'Wouldn't it be great to have a way to keep the kids out of the river and have a place for the community to enjoy?'" said Duskin.

A splash pad is a much bigger project and required a bigger budget. The Stillaguamish Tribe stepped in with a large contribution.

"Their donation of $500,000 toward this project really made that an amazing reality," said Duskin.

That donation and the funds collected from the last two Rotary Duck Dash events helped apply for a matching grant that they are close to receiving.

"Now we're approved by the [state legislature] house and senate, although it hasn't passed officially yet, but it looks like that's going to go through," said Duskin.

If those funds do come through, it will be a $1.2 million project. The club also has the go-ahead now to begin working with engineers on an official plan, which they plan to do.

Duskin said construction looks like it's going to start next year now.

Arlington city administrator and Rotary member Paul Ellis said that the city's own improvements to the park and Rotary's improvements contributed to $1.8 million of investment that will have been put into the park.

"We're talking about a $1.8 million project that was not funded with local tax money. So that's the power of us working as a team," he said.

More information about the Haller Park Splash Pad is available at the Friends of Splash Pad at Haller Park Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Hallersplashpad.

 

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