A new splash pad at Maroney Park may not be operational during summer as originally planned, but it would take a cold day in August to delay a 2019 opening celebration, said members of the local parks group.

“The city is promising to keep it open until weather gets cold, so we will splash in 2019,” said Michelle Cox, president of the Parks Advocacy League, which spent two years securing enough grants and donations to fund the $300,000 public water feature.

An opening date for the new water feature has not been projected. This week, crews with Cox Contractors are working to complete the pump house for the 2,800-square-foot facility.

“That is the next big milestone,” Nacogdoches Community Services Director Brian Bray said. “They can’t install controllers until the building is completed.”

Construction on Splashadoches, as it was officially named on July 2 by city council, began in late May at the site of the old Maroney Pool. Crews began pouring cement in July, and cement pads for two picnic pavilions being sponsored by the 2018-19 Leadership Nacogdoches Class were poured last week. The free admission spray park will accommodate up to 100 people at a time and has a separate area for toddlers.

The splash pad won’t be the only new amenity for park users this year. In June, new playgrounds at both Pioneer Park and Pecan Park opened to the public.

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