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Fundraising campaign begins for Water Wonderland

DIXON – The Park District officially launched its fundraising campaign for Water Wonderland and is looking to raise about $65,000 in donations.

The district and the city started putting together plans for a splash pad water park in Meadows Park near Wooden Wonderland in June after receiving $200,000 from an anonymous donor.

Both are committing $100,000 for the project, which is expected to open in June, and are hoping to get another $100,000 from community donations.

District Executive Director Duane Long told the Park Board Wednesday that they've brought in more than $30,000 in donations and soon will be reaching out to businesses and others.

The latest donation came from Girl Scout Troop 2189, giving $250 from their cookie sale proceeds that a dozen scouts presented to the board.

More detailed designs were released for the splash pad, which will have 23 water features and two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a decorative waterfall and landscaping.

The project is estimated to total around $515,000, broken down by $215,000 for the splash pad, $100,000 for landscaping, $80,000 for the pavilion and restrooms, $80,000 to pave the parking lot and $40,000 for engineering.

The Dixon Rotary Club made a $20,000 donation for the pavilion, Dixon businesses Mo-St Plumbing and Kniggie Mason Contractors pledged their labor for the restroom facility, and the Dixon Women’s Garden Club plans to help with plantings within the landscape design.

The city will take care of the water, sewer and storm sewer infrastructure.

The district also received a donation for another one of its planned projects, an ice rink kit expected to cost around $6,000 that will be installed at the Page Park basketball courts next winter.

Sisters Catherine Hill and Theresa Allen donated $1,000 for the ice rink on behalf of their late father, Dr. Don Edwards, a Dixon pediatrician and ice skating enthusiast who skated across the frozen Rock River when he was young.

To donate

Water Wonderland donations can be made to the Dixon Park District, 804 Palmyra St., by phone at 815-284-3306, online at or by mail.

Platinum donors giving $5,000 or more will have their names displayed permanently at the site. Those donating $500 to $4,999 will have their company logo or family name displayed on banners that will be in the park for the summer, and those giving $100 to $499 will be recognized on social media.

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