October 31, 2014

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Medina mayor: Rain delays Ray Mellert Park splash pad

Medina officials had hoped to open the long-delayed Ray Mellert Park splash pad before the end of summer. But residents may have to wait until next year.

Officials blame the unusually rainy summer for delaying construction.

Construction workers work on the masonry of the restroom at the Ray Mellert Park splash pad Wednesday. Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said he hopes the pad will be open soon, but residents may have to wait until next year if the weather doesn’t cooperate. City officials blame rain for delaying the work. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“It’s hard for me to predict a date right now, because each time we do, we’re wrong,” said Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell on Wednesday.

Hanwell said completion of the project has been dependent on weather. The splash pad had been scheduled to be completed July 31, but rain has slowed construction.

The mayor said he hopes September will provide some warmer weather, allowing residents to use the splash pad this year.

“Our intention is for people to get some use out of it,” he said.

The city will have a grand opening for the splash pad, but that may not happen until next summer, Hanwell said.

The concrete for the pad has been poured and construction is under way on the building that will house the restroom and pumping system.

Residents had lobbied the city to build the pad several years ago. The city announced in April 2012 that construction would begin in mid-July and the splash pad would be open by late last summer.

The project was delayed because it had to be bid out a third time, after the first two bids came in over budget, Patrick Patton, the city engineer, has said.

A quarter-mile fitness trail and lighting at the baseball field were installed last summer. The park improvements, including the splash pad, were funded by a $300,000 federal Neighborhood Revitalization grant.

The 2,000-square-foot splash pad will have water features similar to those at a slightly larger splash pad at Fred Greenwood Park.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.