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Splash pad grand opening paired with Petunia Festival

DIXON – Work on the Water Wonderland splash pad is slated to be done at the end of the month, and the grand opening is set for July 6.

Crews have been catching up from rain days, and the splash pad will be tested this week, Park District Executive Director Duane Long said.

“It looks like everything is coming together, and we’re hoping the rain will hold off and give us enough dry days,” he said.

The festivities begin at noon at The Meadows, in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue, right after the Petunia Festival kids fair at Washington Elementary School.

There also will be a bounce house, dunk tank, inflatable water slide, food vendors and other activities, City Manager Danny Langloss said.

The 70-by-70-foot splash pad, the park district’s second, is being built in The Meadows park near Wooden Wonderland. It will have 23 water features, two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, landscaping, a pavilion, restrooms and a paved parking lot.

A decorative waterfall also is planned in the future.

Plans went into motion about a year ago when longtime residents Tom and Kathi Sherman donated $200,000 for the project, which is estimated to cost about $550,000. The Park District and the city each is contributing $100,000, and the groups have been trying to raise the remainder through community donations.

They’ve raised about $136,000 and have $13,000 to go, Long said.

The Dixon Rotary Club made a $20,000 donation for the pavilion, and Dixon businesses MO-ST Plumbing, Kniggie Mason Contractors, DNR Electric, MDS Construction, and S&D Construction are volunteering labor.

The original splash pad is in Vaile Park, at 2023 W. Third St.

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