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ESPR Opens Long-Awaited Splash Park

On Friday August 13 the Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Department and Foundation celebrated the opening of the long-awaited Rainbow Splash Park. For more than five years the Parks Foundation has pursued their goal of building a splash park here in Excelsior Springs. Each year they have been holding very popular Piccadilly fundraisers at the Montgomery Event Venue to help fund the effort.

Rainbow Splash Park was on schedule to open in July, but a national supply shortage on materials caused by the pandemic kept the crew from finishing the parking lot. Luckily the parking lot was able to be finished and the park is open now to the public. During opening remarks, Nate Williams thanked community partners and volunteers throughout the community who made the park possible.

ESPR Director Nate Williams (left), ESPR Chair Reggie St. John, and ESPR Board Member Sherri Branson

Landscaping and brush removal around the property was made possible through Eagle Scout projects led by scouts Caleb Weber and Clay Clevenger. Ameren and Gary Sanson Electric ran all of the electric for the facility. The project was also made possible by a grant awarded from Missouri Parks’ Land and Water Conservation. Playscape Recreation, Kate and Jason Shepherd, installed the water system. Fry and Associates did the concrete corn hole and ping pong table. Pavement Management finished the parking lot. Precision Painting and Epoxy took care of the restrooms, which are now ADA compliant, have new epoxy floors, and include a 400 pound capacity changing table. Ashlock Signs did all of the signage for the property.

Kenny Manley Re/Max sponsored ice cream for all of the kids and had Tasty Unicorn bring their food truck!

Accessibility for all has been an important part of the project with grading for wheelchairs throughout. There are also aquatic wheelchairs that you can check out to use while at the park.

Admission the Rainbow Splash Park is completely FREE. Park hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am-8:00pm and Saturday and Sundays from 10am-5pm. There are rental blocks in place for Saturdays and Sundays from 5:30pm-7:00pm and 7:30pm-9:00pm. As Williams said, “This is so no child gets excited to come to the park only to arrive and it be closed.”

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5 thoughts on “ESPR Opens Long-Awaited Splash Park”

  1. It’s been a long time coming.
    Happy to see a facility that is free of charge to it’s users, this assures ALL children will have have opportunity to visit and enjoy the park regardless of the families financial level.

  2. Very sad that they couldn’t reopen the swimming pools. About cried when I heard it was going to get rid of the swimming and go to this. Truly devastating..

    1. Sorry you feel that way, Sandy! If it helps, the parks director did announce that there would be an outdoor aquatic center added to the community center in the year of 2023!

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