BY JUSTIN LEIGHTY
GOSHEN - The city's moving ahead with plans to install a second splash pad, this one in a park on the city's southeast side.
Rieth Park, at 13th and Illinois streets, will be the site of the new splash pad. The city received bids for construction Monday afternoon, and the contract will be awarded later. Bids ranged from just shy of $65,000 to $78,000.
If things go as hoped, the features of the new park will be interchangeable with those at the pad on Walnut Hill, said Sheri Howland, parks superintendent. That would allow both splash pads to have some variety.
The idea for the splash pads is to serve families that don't live near the pool at Shanklin Park, offering an opportunity to enjoy water in the summer.
The north-side pad has proven to be extremely popular with nearby residents, Howland said.
As parents watch their children play, "They get to know each other," she said.
It's built community to the point that vandalism at the park has gone down, Howland said.
Construction should happen this summer. It's possible the city might add future splash pads, though it's not a certainty.
"One at a time," Howland said.