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Splash pad set for summer

Come June, Rosemount’s Central Park will look a bit different. The two ice rinks will have come down and a splash pad will have taken their place.

While some have bemoaned moving the two ice rinks — one will go to Jaycee Park, the other to Bloomfield — parks and recreation director Dan Schultz said a splash pad will be a better communitywide amenity in Central Park.

“We want to keep adding to our park system. Rosemount has a lot of young families, so we think this will be a popular amenity,” said Schultz.

Schultz said the aim of Central Park is to provide amenities that appeal to a broader audience. He said the hockey rinks will serve the neighborhood parks well.

“A splash pad will offer opportunities to lots of different user groups,” said Schultz.

Several neighboring communities including Apple Valley and Eagan have splash pads and they have been popular.

“We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” he said.

On Tuesday night the parks board viewed the final concept drawings of the splash pad. The splash pad is the first phase of improvements to Central Park. Other planned improvements include the addition of a shelter with an outdoor plaza, a skating circuit for winter use and an outdoor fire pit.

The goal of all the improvements is to make Central Park more user friendly and a destination residents want to visit.

Schultz said staff is working through the details and the project will go out for bid in the coming months. He added that construction should begin sometime this spring with the hopes that the water feature will be ready for use in June.

Estimated costs for the splash pad are $800,000, said Schultz. He said the project has been one of the council’s goals for several years.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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