My kids Wyatt, 4 and Harper, 8, were so excited when I told them we are getting a new splash pad in Sartell. Sartell City Council approved the final design for a splash pad this past Monday at Watab Park in Sartell.

It’s going to be huge,  2,204-square-foot to be exact. This project is going to cost $173,499, according to the plan submitted to the city. The 1,840-square-foot wading pool which the city said had become expensive to maintain. The pool and the old pool house have been demolished to make room for the upcoming features, Degiovanni said.

Proposed Splash Pad Designs (Photo: City of Sartell)

I can say the 8 years we have lived in Sartell we have never been swimming in the Watab pool. So hearing they were replacing the pool with the splash pad didn’t bum us out in the least bit. We go to other splash pads in the surrounding area, but have always thought it would be nice to have a park with a splash pad the kids can enjoy.

The splash pad is part of a handful of planned projects, including an new pool house, new playground and tennis court resurfacing. The improvements will total around $450,000, Degiovanni said in advance of the council's meeting.

(Photo: City of Sartell)

When the snow is gone, the city will figure out the exact placement of the new feature. The city is leaving room in its budget for finishing touches.

The city plans to give Watab Park a complete overhaul almost all at once. They are trying to get everything done this construction season. So hopefully, the kids can enjoy playing at this park this summer. This might be a fun spot for my son’s summer birthday party in August.