ST. JOSEPH -- A group of residents from St. Joseph are looking to bring a splash pad to town. They would like to create a state of the art splash pad that could be expanded over time.

The group is estimating the cost of the project to be about $600,000. The coalition would like to raise a third of the price through community donations and have the remaining $400,00 be paid for with half-cent sales tax dollars.

Matt Killam is leading the coalition and says he thought of the idea because he has three young children who would benefit from a splash pad.

Killam says an ideal location for the splash pad would be in Northland Park or Centennial Park. The group has a meeting with the Park Board at the end of August to go over a plan of operation. If they approve the request it be up for discussion with the St. Joseph City Council.

Anyone interested in helping with the effort can contact Killam directly at 612-245-4652 or at