Splash pad to open in Greeneville


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Kids in Greeneville will soon have a new way to stay cool this summer. Work is nearly complete on a new splash pad at the parks and recreation department. The pad will replace the town's aging pool.

"A lot of parents are a little concerned taking their kids to pools maybe before they've learned to swim or things like that," Parks and Recreation Director Butch Patterson said. "With this setting, they can still get in the water and enjoy it, play, have a good time, and they feel more comfortable with it."

The splash pad is funded through a $250,000 state grant.

The lower maintenance cost compared to the pool will allow the pad to stay open longer during the year. It will also be available to rent for parties and events.

A few more items are being shipped from Canada to finish the splash pad. Patterson says the grand opening is planned for June 16.