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Project took longer to launch than expected, but Kiwanis Club glad to see work on feature begin

JASON CHANEY - SMAF construction workers excavate the area the new splash pad will eventually occupy at Stryker Park.

Prineville's new splash pad will not likely get done in time for use this summer as originally hoped, but work is now under way.

SMAF Construction, which is donating excavation work at the site just north of Court and Fourth streets on Stryker Field, has cleared the area for the structure and completed some of the terrace work that will provide seating at the future attraction.

Kiwanis member Wayne Looney, who has shepherded the project forward to this point, added that a partial hole has been dug near the Fourth Street sidewalk where a new concrete restroom and equipment room structure will be built.

"Joe Floyd and Sons is building that bathroom as we speak," he said.

Anderson Poolworks, the company chosen to build the splash pad, visited the site on Monday, Looney said, and helped map out where the pad will go.

"Once SMAF is through with rough excavation of the splash pad, Anderson Poolworks will come back, and they will do the trenching to the individual features. There are 14 features in the splash pad," he said.

Meanwhile, Oregon Block will donate the supplies for and construction of the terrace walls.

Looney and other Kiwanis leaders had originally hoped to complete the splash pad in time for children to enjoy this summer.

The organization has received plenty of financial and in-kind support. In addition to the work donated by SMAF and Oregon Block, Wendels has volunteered to complete landscaping work, and local business owner Lance Romine is building large shade structures that will shield the hot summer sun from the terraced seating area.

Facebook awarded the Kiwanis Club of Prineville an $80,000 grant, Crook County donated $30,000, and the City of Prineville committed funds to the construction of the restroom.

Despite that support, it took longer than expected to launch the project. SMAF didn't break ground until the end of May, and construction of the restroom facility, which will house much of the splash pad's mechanical items, is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete.

"I really have no idea about a completion date. We are just going to try and get it done as quickly as we can," Looney said. "It's a process that has taken longer than I would like to see it take. It could be that we don't dedicate this and turn on everything until next spring."

While that is the case, the Kiwanis Club is pleased to see the project finally moving forward, and the group is grateful for all of the community support that helped make that happen.

"When it's done, I think it will be something the community can be proud of," Looney concluded.

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