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City earmarks $100,000 for splash pad

April 7, 2019 GMT

DIXON – Work is progressing on the Water Wonderland splash pad, and the City Council recently earmarked $100,000 for the project.

A city crew has been finishing installing water and sewer lines at the site in Meadows Park next to Wooden Wonderland, and the next steps will be for Rockford-based Sjostrom & Sons Inc. to start pouring concrete, installing plumbing and then putting in the splash pad water features.

The project is expected to cost upward of $500,000 and will have 23 water features and two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a decorative waterfall, a pavilion, restrooms and landscaping as well as a paved parking lot.


The Park District and the city started putting together plans for the water park in June after receiving $200,000 from an anonymous donor, and both are committing $100,000 for the project.

Last week, the City Council approved a resolution to donate the $100,000 using Rita Crundwell recovery funds.

Water Wonderland is expected to open around late June, and the district is running a capital campaign hoping to raise $100,000 in community donations.

The district bought the water features for about $106,000, and last month, the Park Board approved a contract with Sjostrom to do the installation work for $139,000.

The city will be providing the water for the splash pad, and the district will be in charge of maintenance.