Making a splash: Engleman Park upgrades coming

This artist rendering shows what a new splash pad at Engleman Park in Sweetwater will look like when completed later this summer.

The City of Sweetwater hopes to make a big slash with a major phase of improvements at Engleman Park staring this week.

During the May 6 Sweetwater Mayor and Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners approved Merit Construction and Great Southern Recreation for the latest project that will build new pavilion and a large splash pad at the park.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) had previously presented the City of Sweetwater with a $353,000 grant check for a continuation of phased upgrades at Engleman Park. The grant check is part of an overall grant program totaling more than $700,000 that will be used to complete Phase Two of the upgrades, which includes a new pavilion, restrooms, parking, and a splash pad with free admission to the public.

The contract allows for up to 100 days to complete the work, however, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Lamar Hughes and Parks and Recreation Director Tim Crawford are hoping for a quicker time frame as 100 days would put the splash pad being completed after summer vacation from school ends. Hughes said he has great confidence in the contractors but a lot of the pace of work will depend on the weather.

Even if school starts before the splash pad is completed, warm weather last several weeks after the August school start back date.

“We will probably leave it open a little later,” Hughes said of the splash pad, depending on the weather.

Hughes said the park is booked all through the summer with reunions and events and adding a new pavilion will be a great benefit to the popular park.

Hughes and his staff want something fun for children to do and they feel the free, large splash pad will be perfect for the many children that are even just within walking distance of the new pad.

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