FULTON, NY – The Oswego County Health Department has granted the city of Fulton with a final green light to install the city’s first splash park.
Spearheaded by Common Council president representing the Third Ward, Donald Patrick Jr., plans have been under way throughout the year to bring a concrete pad sprinkler system to the city for kids to cool off in summer.
Last year, city officials budgeted $45,000 to construct the splash park. To date, the materials have been purchased with just cement for construction and fencing left to be purchased with enough funds left to cover the cost associated.
Due to incoming winter weather, Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. said construction will begin in the spring.
In initial purchases, the city paid for plans for plumbing and Woodward said the construction process should move quickly once its begun.
The 40×40 concrete pad will have a sensor activated sprinkler system.
Due to the financial stress of running a city-owned pool, Woodward and Patrick both said a splash park is a more cost-effective and accessible means to cool off in the summer.
A city pool cost $60,000 annually to maintain, whereas a splash park requires a one-time $45,000 expenditure for construction.
Additionally, a splash park is handicap accessible and user friendly for all ages.
The splash park will be built at Hulett Park located on Division Street between South Sixth and Seventh streets.
“Right now, we can’t use the lake to for swimming and recreation and we can’t afford a city pool. This is a good alternative for young people to cool off in the summer. Splash parks are a new trend across the state, they’re becoming popular because of cost,” Mayor Woodward said.
Woodward anticipates the splash park will be ready for use by summer of 2019.