Two Parma pools to reopen in summer of 2016, new splash pad coming in 2017

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Rendered image of the splash pad. Courtesy CIty of Parma.

Rendered image of the splash pad. Courtesy CIty of Parma.

PARMA, Ohio – Parma residents can look forward to two pools reopening next summer and a new splash pad in 2017, according to a release from the City of Parma.

Mayor Anthony DeGeeter said the cost of the splash pad will be covered from an anonymous $225,000 donation. James Day and Walters Grove are the two pools set to reopen.

This past summer, all three city pools remained closed under the city’s proposed $47 million budget for 2015. DeGeeter said closing the pools would save the city about $200,000 during 2015.

“We’ve been working on this project for a few months, and I’m excited we’re finally able to announce what would be a great, family-friendly addition to the recreational opportunities we already have here in Parma,” DeGeeter said. “I can’t express enough the gratitude and appreciation I have for the incredibly generous and community-minded gesture on the part of the anonymous donor who has helped to make this proposed plan possible.”

The splash pad would replace Ridgewood Pool, which will not reopen because of the cost needed to renovate it.

The splash pad is described as “a zero-depth water playground with interactive and interchangeable water features that will provide great family experiences.”  It would also be completely handicapped-accessible and free to the public.

The anonymous donation is in honor of the donor’s mother and the family name is expected to be released when the splash pad is done.

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