The long-awaited splash pad opened in Greenwood, Indiana, on Monday, August 26, 2013, after years of planning and discussion, according to WISH-TV Channel 8 News. This pad is the first of two water facilities, including a water facility and pool to be developed.
The splash pad is the first fully accessible splash pad for children with special needs. It includes a water tower, a large water bucket, a water frog and a geyser.
The splash pad is in the location previously held by the Greenwood city pool, which shut down after the aging facility became dangerous.
According to WISH-TV, some of the money raised for the splash pad came from 10-year-old Payton Dillon. She raised over $6,600. This fifth grader spent the summer carrying buckets at city events, stopping at local businesses, and asking for donations.
“Payton has a benign cyst in her brain, which causes her to have some balance issues and says she just wanted a place for her and her friends can have fun,” Payton’s mother told WISH-TV.
While residents are currently able to enjoy the new splash pad facility, the city is still working on plans to create an aquatic center with a pool on the southwest side of the city, at Freedom Park.