With the opening in a few weeks, the City of Sullivan has completed additional projects in the Route 66 Splash Park.
Four benches have been added, new lighting has been installed and the entire area is now fenced. City administrator JT Hardy said additional protective fences will be put up around the pumping station and signage will be installed, but the park is ready for its 2019 debut.
Hardy said it would open in early May depending on the weather.
The benches offer space for wheelchairs and disabled access. Hardy said Splash Park was a hit for the short time it was open last year.
“We have had a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “It’s free, which is always a big plus and has been well used during that time. We got a lot of rave reviews. “
The park opened in early September, although the city hoped to have it ready sooner. Delays due to manufacturing requirements caused shipping problems. Sullivan City Council also wanted the area to be surrounded by artificial turf for a better surface and to reduce wet and muddy spots.
Spring is in full swing and the city is busy with other parks and recreational projects.
Sullivan will soon have sidewalks on either side of Fisher Street, which runs along Sunny Jim Bottomley Park and the City Pool.
Hardy said the city received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to have the sidewalks paved.
Another upcoming project involves building sidewalks from Main Street from the railroad tracks to the community center.