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Splash pad plan takes shape in Central Park

The city of Rosemount is closing in on plans to give kids a new place to splash and play in Central Park.

At a workshop meeting Monday city council members settled on a spot toward the back of the downtown park for the new play area, which uses spray nozzles and other features to let kids play in the water without the costs and other concerns that come with building a pool.

Splash pads are becoming popular amenities in a number of Twin Cities communities. Farmington has discussed installing a splash pad at its current pool site and building a new pool elsewhere in the city.

The splash pad and other new features that could include a seating area, a fire pit and a new, multi-level play area would displace the two hockey rinks at Central Park. Those rinks would move to Jaycee Park and Bloomfield Park.

The council has also discussed adding an area that could be turned into an oval skating circuit in the winter.

Council members liked the idea of giving residents another reason to use the park.

"I just think there's a lot more that you can do back there," council member Jeff Weisensel said. "It draws traffic. It pulls people into the park."

Council members hope to have a more detailed plan for the project at their next workshop meeting Aug. 14. If everything moves according to schedule the plan is to start construction next spring.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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