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Athens looks to add splash pad to popular park

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A splash pad could soon be in the works for Athens Regional Park.

The Athens City Council will consider whether to pursue grants to help cover the costs of construction at this month's meeting. Parks and Recreation leaders plan to apply for a $75,000 grant from the Local Parks and Recreation Fund, match it with city funds and seek another $150,000 from the state to cover the $300,000 budget.

The grants would enable the city to build the park for 25 cents on the dollar, Parks and Recreation director Austin Fesmire said.

The park's original design in 2005 included a splash pad, but the city needed to break down the development plans into phases.

If the grants are approved, Parks and Recreation leaders hope to be able to start construction later this year and have the splash pad ready to open by summer 2017.

Fesmire said the city has a good track record of working with the state, so he is hopeful the grant requests will be approved.

The City Council is set to discuss the grant applications during its next work session on Monday, April 11. They’re expected to vote on it at the next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 19.

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