Cottage Grove waits on water park planCottage Grove City Council members have delayed a decision on plans for a $500,000 project that would include a small water park feature at Highlands Park.
Cottage Grove City Council members have delayed a decision on plans for a $500,000 project that would include a small water park feature at Highlands Park.
The council voted unanimously Wednesday to table approval of the construction of a splash pad — a play area with water sprayed from nozzles and with no standing water — and related park improvements at the city park located near 70th Street and Hinton Avenue. Council members will use a workshop next month to discuss the project.
Council member Dave Thiede said he wanted to hold off on moving ahead with approving the water feature and upgrades to Highlands Park “just so we can have a good feeling that we can put this in without anything else suffering.”
Funding for the project is proposed to come from the Park Trust Fund. That fund has a balance of $750,000, according to city figures.
The splash pad, intended to be the first of numerous at the city’s parks, would replace the municipal pool that will go dry for good following the 2011 season.
Parks director Zac Dockter told council members Wednesday the splash pad would save the city almost $60,000 per year in operating costs versus the more than 40-year-old pool.