Royalton splash park one giant step closer to completion

Tony Krystosek of Tony’s Cat and Backhoe dug the trench from the main water line to the shelter building, while Dan Krystosek, left, and Russ Gerads handled the pipe. Water and sewer lines are now in place for both the shelter building and the future maintenance/restroom building.

Water supply lines connected to park building

By Jennie ZeitlerStaff Writer

Royalton’s splash park began in 2009 with an idea submitted through an area action group. Through the Initiative Foundation, a committee was formed with co-chairs Jerry Goedderz and Brenda Pesta.

“It wouldn’t be happening without Mayor Andrea Lauer’s influence,” said Goedderz. “She’s bent over backward to help.”

This week that vision took a giant step closer to being a reality when water and sewer access was installed at the park on the north end of Royalton. Lines were extended to the existing shelter building and to the site of the future maintenance/restroom building.

“The existing water pipe under the street was exposed and a clamp placed on it,” Goedderz said. “About 350 feet of line was run to the buildings.”

The Splash Park Committee’s original goal for the project was $300,000, and they have organized several fundraising projects. Every effort seems to have been matched by generous gifts.

“The largest financial support came from the Initiative Foundation; without them this would never have happened,” said Goedderz.

Roach Development gave the city three lots of land valued at $100,000. The Royalton Lions built the shelter with donated materials and labor valued at about $30,000.

“Many hands make light work” proved to be the case Oct. 22, as water and sewer lines were installed for Royalton’s splash park. Pictured are (from left): Russ Gerads, Tony Krystosek and Dennis Cekalla.

The water line installation caps off the splash park activities for the year. Next summer the mechanical room/restroom building will be built first. As funds are available, construction will move forward on the splash pad.

“We will spend the winter fundraising,” Goedderz said. The committee’s goal is to raise $50,000.

“This isn’t just an idea anymore; we are well on our way to completing the project,” said Goedderz.