Community members visit the Clinton Township Splash Pad Aug. 27. A free preview and testing days took place Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

Community members visit the Clinton Township Splash Pad Aug. 27. A free preview and testing days took place Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Community previews new Clinton Township splash pad

Full opening planned for spring

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 8, 2021

 Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kay said the splash pad is one of the top-requested items the community wanted to see. An official opening is planned for next year.

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kay said the splash pad is one of the top-requested items the community wanted to see. An official opening is planned for next year.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A fun final summer vacation sendoff for youngsters was provided as the school year begins.

A free Clinton Township Splash Pad community preview and testing days took place Aug. 26 to Sept. 6. A full grand opening is planned for the spring.

An estimated 250 people utilized the splash pad the first day it opened.

A letter from the Clinton Township Recreation Department states the amenity is operational and near full completion, with the exception of a few final items that will be added this fall.

The splash pad is located east of Romeo Plank Road, between the Clinton Township Civic Center and the Main Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Some splash pad rules include that children younger than 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times, only water is permitted in the splash pad enclosure, and proper swim attire is required.

As previously reported, as part of the township’s Master Plan the past decade, a recreational center and/or splash pad has topped the list as an amenity.

Clinton Township Public Services Director Mary Bednar said the soft opening helps so the township can work out any operational and staffing bugs.

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kay said the splash pad further builds a sense of community for the township.

“It’s great seeing participants from our recreation programs, people who are new to the township and providing a gathering space for families to enjoy themselves,” he said.

Tami Letcavage, Clinton Township Recreation assistant director, called the splash pad a great township amenity.

“We had staff on site that will explain and let folks know the rules and what they can expect when they come,” she said. “While it’s still nice out and extremely hot this week, we wanted to give people a chance to try it out.”

Letcavage said many Macomb County communities have splash pads, and adding one at the Civic Center is fantastic.

“When you put something like that in your front yard and are showcasing it, next to the Gold Star Monument and what will someday be a playground for handicap children, that is so good,” Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said. “You are combining the area for several different uses.”

Kay said many internal planning meetings will happen prior to the 2022 opening.

“Our main goal of the preview was to get it open to the general public as soon as possible so they can enjoy it before the fall weather creeps in and tests the features,” he said.

The parks director noted the township is waiting on a few items that were back ordered like umbrellas, fencing and more seating areas.

The splash pad will be located next to the future inclusive playground. The playground will allow for children of all abilities to play. Phase 1 is set to break ground in the spring.

Kay called the splash pad preview a total team win for the township to have the project come to fruition.

“This is what makes our job worthwhile, seeing people enjoy the benefits of your hard work,” he said. “This is one of the top-requested items the community wanted to see.”

Cannon hopes it can be open with no fee, no matter where folks reside.

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