This Friday, July 13may just be a lucky day after all for Morgan residents. The long awaited and much anticipated splash pad will open for the public. For years, local residents have dreamed of something to help cool off on hot summer days. Looking for fun for the kids and refuge from the heat, many Morgan families would make long trips to enjoy the refreshing water found at other cities’ splash pads. Now they can enjoy this same summer favorite right here in Morgan. Last year Riverside Park was updated with new playground equipment and this year it will be topped off with a splash pad of its own. Morgan residents will be able to enjoy one of the largest splash pads in Utah. The Morgan splash pad features 26 different water features; 10 above ground and 16 in ground. Covering over 70’ by 70’ of space, the Morgan splash pad is second in terms of size right behind Vernal, and has more water features than any other in the state of Utah.
Come rain or shine, this Friday at 6 p.m. residents are invited to a grand opening celebration that will be featuring a short presentation followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the festivities will be held under the new Parkside bowery (the bowery next to the playground equipment). Leis will be handed out to all of the children followed by root beer floats for all.
The rules and hours of operation will be discussed that evening, but there are a few things that already need to be addressed. Absolutely no wheels are allowed on the splash pad. This includes skateboards, bikes, roller blades and scooters. There have already been issues, so the city is asking parents to be vigilant in addressing this with your children.
Krista Johansen, a local mother, gets excited as she states, “With five children I am always on the lookout for fun budget-friendly activities.” For Krista and other parents, the time is here that we can enjoy this great addition to Morgan. Krista was so excited that she helped spearhead an effort on the Morgan Moms Facebook group that was able to raise over $345 for the project. Krista explains, “For many of us, it was easier to chip in a few dollars than a big amount of money.” Parents such as Hannah Rees cannot wait for the pad to open, adding that it is so hot outside that she cannot wait for the cold refreshing water.
Many hands and many dollars went in to making such a great project happen. We extend a great big thank you to all of the sponsors who have helped fund this exciting project. Following are some sponsors who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to bring the splash pad to Morgan:
Wardell Bros. Construction
Mecham Bros. & Verl Mecham
Haslam Excavation - Roland Haslam
Wilkinson Construction –With special kudos to John Wilkinson
Holcim Cement Plant
Geneva Rock - Layton
Snowbasin Ski Resort
Ace Fab & Fencing
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
A special thank you goes out to all of the families, businesses, and citizens who sponsored water features found in the pad. Sponsors names can be found on the individual features.
Last but definitely not least, thank you to Shelly Betz and Mayor Jim Egbert who have tirelessly worked to make this dream a reality. They have spent many, many hours on this project. We are so grateful to them for their vision and their time, for without them this project would not have been pursued.
Shelly and Jim would also like to let everyone know how grateful they are for the hard work and willingness help of so many individuals. This is an amazing community and this project would not have happened without this collective effort.
Please come out and join in the celebration—it will be an event to be remembered.