Parsons city commissioners have committed to a spot in Forest Park as the location of a future splash pad.
The commissioners confirmed during a regular Monday meeting the proposed site of the splash pad east of the Seaton Family Pavilion and north of a restroom facility.
City Manager Debbie Lamb said the group of residents raising money for the splash pad had gotten to the point where a location needed to be chosen. The group, led by Breanna Nush and Jonna Gabbert, wants to include the location on fundraiser brochures.
Lamb said the proposed site’s location already has water and electrical lines nearby, and the equipment for the splash pad can be installed in a maintenance room at the restroom facility. Gabbert said it is also somewhat centrally located and near events such as the Music in the Park concert series.
Nush began the fundraising effort for the splash pad in the summer of 2019. She said then that a 750-square-foot splash pad would cost about $65,000.
“We just hit $30,000 last week,” Nush said Monday.
The city has requested an updated cost for a splash pad but hasn’t received a response from the company yet.
Nush said Gia Rose, Bordertown 2, Shredders and Fancy Nails have donation boxes. The group also plans to run a fireworks stand for the second year in a row, and Dr. Johns BBQ has agreed to donate pulled pork to sell during the Fourth of July. The group will have inflatables set up near the fireworks stand as well.
“I’m still fighting for it, guys — steadily getting there,” Nush said.
Lamb thanked Nush and Gabbert for their work.
“It makes it a community project when the city doesn’t just say, ‘OK, we’re going to go and do this,’” Lamb said.
Gabbert said contractors and landscapers have agreed to work for free on the finishing touches of the splash pad after it’s installed.
“We really do appreciate the effort you guys are putting into it cause it’s an inspiration to see the steadfastness and your commitment to getting this done. Good job,” Mayor Tom Shaw said.
In other business Monday the commissioners:
— Approved a change order on a contract with Hinman Construction for the reconstruction of the 1400 block of Morgan. The change order will allow the reconstruction of the 1300 block of Morgan for an additional $100,402.25.
— Heard that a state forester inspected the trees planted in downtown sidewalks and noted that two or three need to be removed soon because of their condition. The forester is exploring options to replace all of the trees. Lamb said the city could need to switch to bushes or flower pots.
— Heard that the director of the Parsons Farmers Market no longer wants to run the market. The city has not had anyone volunteer to be director. Lamb said as of now, the market will not open this year.
— Set May 27 as the date to receive requests for qualifications for a feasibility study and architectural services for a new public safety center. The center would house the Parsons Fire Department and Parsons Police Department headquarters and would be built on land the city bought last year northeast of the intersection of Corning Avenue and South 21st Street.
— Agreed to allow Parsons High School to use the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park and the surrounding area for prom on May 1. The walk-in is planned for 6 p.m., with prom ending at 11 p.m. The city also will close Broadway Avenue from Heacock Street to South 13th Street from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 1.
— Approved bids for the sale of hay at Lake Parsons, Tri-City Airport and County Line Industrial Park.
— Approved a bid for a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SSV for $58,653.28 from Superior Emergency Response Vehicles LLC, Andover. The commissioners also designated a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor as surplus property to be sold.
— Approved a permit for the Labette County Archery Club to host 3-D shoots at Tolen Creek Park on May 2, June 6, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5.
— Approved the use of city-owned land at County Line Industrial Park by the Parsons Recreation Commission for two mud runs, one for children and one for teenagers and adults, on April 18 and April 25.
— Approved payment of $6,500 to HDR Engineering Inc. for work completed on the design of a peak-flow pump station at the wastewater treatment plant.
— Approved payment of $28,648.80 for repair work on the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool. The pool is expected to be ready to open by late May.
— Approved an event sponsorship agreement with CST Storage for this year’s Music in the Park concert series. The local storage tank manufacturing company will be the title sponsor for the fourth year in a row.
— Approved payment of $102,625.86 to Heck & Wicker Construction Inc. for work on the 16th Street improvement project from Clark Avenue to Broadway Avenue. The project is expected to be complete within 30 to 60 days, depending on weather.
— Set 10 a.m. April 15 as the time to receive bids on two lawn mowers.