by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Ongoing fundraising efforts are taking the Royalton Splash Park down the home stretch to completion.
“We have enough funds in the bank to pay for some things, but need to raise around $7,000 for landscaping and finishing details,” said Splash Park Committee Member Jerry Goedderz. “You never know what you’re going to run into.”
The project was delayed in 2013 by a wait for permits from the state coupled with a contractor not being able to complete work at the site in the Platte Wood development.
“We have verbal commitments from both Burski Excavating of Rice and Kasella Concrete of Morrill, that we will be one of the very first projects that they start in the spring,” said Goedderz. “Once we get it plumbed and the concrete is poured by Kasella, then we’re ready to go with the sprinkler system and the landscaping.”
After that, the playground equipment can be installed by the Royalton Lions Club. The items were purchased by the Lions and are in storage now.
“Then a privacy fence will be installed between the park and a private residence to the north,” Goedderz said.
Once the park is fully operational, it will be turned over to the city of Royalton. Maintenance and any further additions to or policies regarding the park will be the responsibility of the city.
“We haven’t cut any corners,” Goedderz said. “All the plumbing s underground. The rest room/maintenance building has tongue in groove ceiling, floor of textured colored cement, walls of decorative cement block and skylights.”
The entire project began with the Royalton Girl Scouts selling lemonade on the street at Platte River Day in 2009.
“That was the very first money raised — five years ago,” said Goedderz. “I’m amazed at how many people it’s taken to do this. It gives such a sense of accomplishment in a small community like ours.”
Funds continue to be raised through a meat raffle run during fish frys at the American Legion each Friday.
The Splash Park Committee is sponsoring a breakfast Saturday, Feb. 23, at the American Legion in Royalton from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Royalton City Hall, Royalton Discount or Pine Country Bank. Adult tickets are $6; tickets for children ages 3 to 12 are $4 and kids under 3 eat free. Tickets at the door will be $1 more.
A co-rec volleyball tournament to benefit the Splash Park will be held Saturday, March 15 at the high school. For more information, contact Carla Gerads at (320) 360-6490.