Updated: August 05, 2020 06:47 PM
Created: August 05, 2020 05:56 PM
(ABC 6 News) - It’s something that Rochester families and kids have been asking for, a splash pad. With fundraising being done by the Rochester Parks Foundation, they’re looking to make it a reality.
"If everyone in Rochester gave one dollar, we'd be there already,” Abe Sauer, a board member for the Rochester Parks Foundation said.
The non-profit is taking the lead for fundraising after the budget was cut from the city's parks department.
“It's really hard for kids to find a place to go cool down and have a safe area to play. It's an access and equity issue because not everyone can have access to places with pools currently,” Sauer said.
The foundation needs $100,000 to finalize plans for the splash pad. Members currently have more than $13,000 donated.
“This is going to be a heavy lift for Rochester,” Sauer said. “A splash pad in town is something that is accessible to everyone and I think if we want to have a community that is really fair-minded and has an equity lens, a splash pad is something that is valuable for us."
If the goal is met, construction would begin in the spring and open in the summer.
Andy Masterpole, the president of Rochester Parks Foundation, says the splash pad would have something for everyone.
"It won't have a fence around it, but it will have certain spray features. There's no standing water and I think the long-range plan is to have a restroom building and a shelter adjacent to it too,” Masterpole said.
Anyone regardless of age, anyone can enjoy the splash pad.
"It gets hot in the summer, it's a place for kids to cool off. It's an equitable issue, and it's affordable and accessible,” Masterpole said.
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