Water Wonderland opens Saturday
With temperatures in the 90s and humidity levels making it feel like its more than 100, a splash pad would be a great way to cool off. Kids do not have long to wait to try out the newest way to get wet in Dixon. Water Wonderland in The Meadows park is nearly completed. More than 15 volunteers arrived at the splash pad Tuesday morning to help roll out the sod for the landscaping. A whole semi truck load of sod was delivered to the site as volunteers gathered. Other crews of workers finished up work on the splash pad and prepared the parking lot to be paved. The grand opening is set for Saturday. The festivities begin at noon at The Meadows, in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue, right after the Petunia Festival kids fair at Washington Elementary School. There also will be a bounce house, dunk tank, inflatable water slide, food vendors and other activities, City Manager Danny Langloss said. The 70-by-70-foot splash pad, the park district's second, is being built in The Meadows park near Wooden Wonderland. It will have 23 water features, two zones geared toward children 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, landscaping, a pavilion, restrooms and a paved parking lot. Water Wonderland donations can be made to the Dixon Park District, 804 Palmyra St., by phone at 815-284-3306, online at dixonparkdistrict.com or by mail. The original splash pad is in Vaile Park, at 2023 W. Third St.