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2016 Annual Activity Report

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MAJOR PROJECTS Kids in the Tri-Cities now have a new place to have fun and keep cool during the summers. The City of Bristol, Tennessee, the Junior League of Bristol, and other community organizations made this project possible. The 2,700 square foot splash pad recreation area for water play that has little or no standing water. It is also handicap accessible. Regular park hours are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. There is no charge to use the splash pad other than the $2 park entry fee. Steele Creek Park Splash Pad The new attraction features sprinklers and spouts for children to play. The site also features benches all around and an adjacent facility for restrooms and changing rooms. The idea was presented by the Junior League of Bristol, who donated $100,000 for the project, which was matched by the city to cover the estimated cost of $200,000 for the project. Also, the Rotary Club of Bristol, VA/TN donated $45,000 for materials needed to construct the restrooms and changing rooms. SPLASH PAD: A splash pad is a recreation area filled with interactive water play, such as sprinklers, ground nozzles, and dumping water buckets. It is a safe "zero-depth" water play area, which eliminates the need for lifeguards. The splash pad will be located at Steele Creek Park, since the infrastructure already exists for this type of project. Also, this park has over 120,000 visitors each year. Bristol, TN Parks and Recreation will maintain the splash pad. There is also a new rental shelter and a gravel parking lot adjacent to the splash pad.

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