(CITY of BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) Mayor Richard C. David today officially opened the newly-constructed Columbus Park spray pad.
“Children in the urban core, who might not be able to access parks outside their neighborhood, deserve the same high-quality recreational opportunities available in other parts of the City,” said Mayor David. “The City’s first ever spray pad will be a fun and safe destination for kids in our community.”
The roughly 10,000 square foot spray pad has 10 unique water features, including elevated bucket dumps and ground nozzles. It replaces an outdated and dangerous water fountain that was not designed for swimming or recreation.
The total cost of the spray pad project was $204,800. The City received $97,000 through the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $65,000 from a New York State grant courtesy of Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and a generous $15,000 donation from the Binghamton Rotary. The remaining $27,800 was funded through the Parks and Recreation budget.
Mayor David joined by various City officials, members of City Council, Binghamton Rotarians, representatives from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo’s Office and other community members to celebrate the opening.
Pro Con Contracting, of Vestal, completed the construction. Work began as the ground thawed this spring. In addition to the spray pad, Columbus Park has received extensive upgrades. Park maintenance staff painted the restroom building, upgraded the playground, trimmed trees and redesigned the front entrance using eco-pavers.
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