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q -Splash Park  DSC 0531The City of Alachua's splash park is a popuar cooling off spot for area children.  During hot summer months, the park is oftentimes at capacity during the weekends. (Today file photo)


ALACHUA – The City of Alachua’s splash park, located at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex, is a popular place for children to burn off energy and cool down in the hot Florida weather.


City staff announced at the Aug. 22 regular commission meeting that a grant application has been submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to help fund a Phase II addition to the park that would accommodate individuals with physical challenges.


According to a commission agenda report, the total project cost is $150,000, and if funding is awarded, FDEP would provide $112,500 (75 percent) and the City would provide $37,500 (25 percent).


The City of Alachua’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board voted 4-0 during its meeting on Aug. 15, 2016 to support the City’s application to FDEP under the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.


“We will await award notification from FDEP, which may be several months,” Alachua Assistant City Manager Adam Boukari said. “Once the City is notified if it receives funding, then we will prepare for construction activities. The City is pleased to pursue the grant opportunity in hopes of enhancing recreational opportunities for the community at large.”


The Splash Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is available for reservations, which can be found and requested under Recreation and Culture at cityofalachua.com. The splash park will close for the season on Oct. 1 and reopen in March 2017.


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