Splash pad to help Sandwich cool down

SANDWICH – The people of Sandwich will have a way to keep cool on hot days this summer. The Sandwich Park District is building a splash pad in Milestone Park, 1375 N. Castle St.

The park already has five softball diamonds and several T-ball diamonds, as well as a tennis court, a playground and a concession stand. In 2008, the park district received a grant from the state to help develop its parks; it added a skate park to Milestone Park in 2012, and the splash pad this year.

The splash pad is under construction and will tentatively open in July. It will be adjacent to the skate park, off Fairwind Boulevard.

“It will be a water feature park,” Sandwich Park District Director Sue Swithin said. “With 14 to 15 varieties of activities, it is designed for children of all ages to play with and cool off. We envision the splash pad to be another place for families to have fun and keep cool.”

The splash pad will be an 1,800-square-foot concrete surface with several water features. Buckets tip to spill water on children as they run past, and there will be sprinklers shaped like hula hoops and “corn cob sprays” that shoot water. There will not be a pool. The splash pad will be unsupervised and free to the public. Swimsuits are recommended, and only bare feet and water shoes will be allowed.

“I think the splash pad is a great idea,” Jamie Cullison of Sandwich said. “The Sandwich Park District is becoming more family-friendly. I have a 2-year old daughter and I babysit during the day. We will definitely be taking a trip to the park this summer.”

Sandwich mother Suzann Sparts said parents often worry about where kids can go in the summer.

“My kids are a little older, 10- and 12-year-olds, and the only place nearby to keep cool is the waterpark,” she said. “The splash pad will be perfect.”

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