Splash pad campaign marching forward

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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 am

The campaign to build a splash pad for Bellevue’s children continues to inch along, with about one third of the necessary amount safely in the bank.

Dave Babbitt, chairman of the nonprofit Splash Pads for Bellevue, said $58,740.76 had been raised as of Feb. 28 after $6,869.95 was raised in December and January, and a $1,571 match was received from the Midlands Community Foundation, where Splash Pads for Bellevue is a designated fund.

Babbitt said the cost of installing a splash pad at Everett Park on Betz Road is expected to be $150,000.

There is no doubt, he said, that Bellevue will eventually join the cities of Papillion and La Vista in boasting a splash pad, as well as the City of Springfield, which has announced plans to install one, but that sooner is preferable to later.

“Our youth and families should have the use of a sprinkler playground like most surrounding communities,” Babbitt said. “Bellevue needs to come together and get this done.”

He said Bellevue, a city of more than 50,000 people, could accomplish the task this year if enough residents would each make a small donation.

“Splash Pads for Bellevue will continue to seek grants and donations, but we need the residents of Bellevue to help get this done sooner rather than later,” he said.

Splash Pads for Bellevue will hold its next meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Galvin Road N.

Information on how to donate is available at splashpadsforbellevue.org.

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