TOWN OF LYSANDER, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Cooling off in the summer heat is about to get a whole lot easier for neighbors in Lysander.
On August 16th, the town is set to unveil its new spray park on Smokey Hollow Road after almost two-and-a-half years of planning.
There was more concrete flowing than water Tuesday, as the last of the 4,400 square foot spray pad was laid down. In the coming weeks, the spray features will be installed, both embedded and above the ground, all connected by 2,100 feet of water line.
The park will pump 110 gallons of water every minute through the fixtures, but will only run for a set amount of time after a start button is pressed.
“When we looked at this project it wasn’t just for kids it’s for families. It’s for grandparents to bring grandkids. It’s for aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, mom and dad to come out in a safe environment and enjoy the outdoors,” said Lysander Town Supervisor Joseph Saraceni.
Last May, the park lost a bonding vote by 100 ballots and almost never happened. But thanks to a $100,000 grant secured by outgoing State Senator John DeFrancisco (R), the town board was able to vote (4-1) and approve the $252,000 expense a year later in April 2019. The town is also using money from its dedicated parks fund.
“A splash pad is relatively inexpensive to maintain. You’re basically talking water and a little bit of oversight,” said Saraceni, and more long term cost-efficient than a pool he added.
In addition to the new spray park, the funding will also pay for improvements to the existing bathrooms and a new pavilion which the town will rent out for events.
The grand opening on August 16 will run from 12:00 p.m. to dark and will end with a fireworks show.
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