Thursday, December 15, 2016

Splash Pad, Walking Trail Expected to Open in 2017

Sallisaw’s new splash pad and walking trail are projected to be ready for splashing and walking in 2017, said City Manager Clayton Lucas.

Lucas told Sallisaw City Commissions at their meeting Monday that the city had just been informed the grant for one project will serve as the required match for the other project. In-house work by city employees will complete the required 20 percent match for one of the projects.

The Land Water Conservation Fund, through the Oklahoma Tourism Recreation Department, has awarded the city a $149,576.50 grant for the splash pad. The splash pad will be built on a portion of the property where the old Sallisaw middle school now stands. The old middle school is to be torn down.

The Recreational Trails Program, through the Oklahoma Tourism Recreation Department, awarded the city a $160,000 grant for the trail. The trail is to be built at the new Sallisaw Sports Complex on the city’s east side.

Lucas said, “We would like to have the splash pad available this summer and the walking trail ready sometime in 2017. We will have to contract for the paving for the walking trail, but will do the dirt work for the splash pad in house. We will do anything we can to save money.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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