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Snow cones will be available to first 500 children at 9 a.m. opening of spray park.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Ethan Stovall Spray Park will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Sahalee Park, in Madras, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.The finishing touches have been made on the Ethan Stovall Spray Park and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Sahalee Park.

"We would like to thank the community for everything they have done, because we couldn't have done it with out them," said Michele Quinn, city of Madras public works office coordinator, about the new water park feature located in Sahalee Park.

Mayor Richard Ladeby will say a few words before the formal ribbon-cutting, said Quinn, but the city doesn't plan to have a drawnout ceremony, for the sake of the kids.

"We are trying to make it short and sweet and let the kids play," she said, noting that the idea for the event is to get a big group of kids together, along with their families, and just let them have fun in the water.

KEITH Manufacturing, along with the Bean Foundation, approached the city and said they would like to sponsor snowcones for the kids during th opening of the spray park. On Saturday, the first 500 kids will receive a ticket for a free snowcone from the mobile stand, Snowy Summit Shaved Ice, that will be set up in the park.

The park is named for a young boy who tragically died at just 4 months of age after contracting a virus. His family donated to the funding for the park, which countless children will enjoy for years into the future.


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