Splash Pad opens in Wadena
by Trinity Gruenberg
On a hot summer day in Wadena, children laughed and screamed as they ran through the brand new Splash Pad to cool off.
The EF4 tornado that struck Wadena in 2010 destroyed the city pool. The Maslowski Wellness and Research Center has an indoor pool so the Wadena Parks Board opted to do something a little different.
The Splash Pad was installed late last year. Due to the pandemic and waiting on the Department of Health for an inspection, the opening was delayed.
On June 16 the Splash Pad was finally opened to eager children waiting to experience the fun on a hot day.
“It’s pretty fun. The kids are loving it,” said Wadena City Administrator Janette Bower.
The Splash Pad cost over $100,000 and was made possible mostly through donations.
“The Parks Board and a former council member, Deb Wiese, really drove this project. They were very passionate about it,” said Bower.
There are several fun water features that spray water from different directions, including a bucket that dumps water when it fills up. A button in the center of the Splash Pad is pushed to activate it for several minutes at a time. It is handicapped accessible and free to the public.
The Splash Pad is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until the weather cools off this fall, typically around Labor Day. It is located on Seventh Street Southwest in the athletic field complex.
Bring the kiddos and check it out!