The end of November isn’t typically the time for visions of water jets, sprinklers and bucket soakings; but these images will be front and center on Nov. 28 when the City of Sanford breaks ground on the Kiwanis Family Park Splash pad.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. next Wednesday at the park, located at 1800 Wicker Street in Sanford.

According to the city, the Splash Pad is a collaborative effort by Sanford and Lee County Government “to provide updated amenities, increase walkability throughout Sanford, and revitalize our neighborhoods.” The county donated 14 acres of land at Kiwanis Park for redevelopment — future projects include a new playground, improved walking trail, new shelter, public art, updated restrooms and an expanded parking area.

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The project was funded with the $2 million Parks and Recreational bonds approved by voters in the 2013 Bond Referendum. An additional $350,000 was provided by a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant.

And the good news: By the time you are thinking of cooling off, the Splash Pad is expected to open next summer. For more information, visit www.sanfordnc.net/parks

Overhead map of Splash Pad. Click to enlarge.

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