ROYALTON - The city of Royalton held a grand opening for its brand new Splash Pad Park on Saturday.

The park cost around $300,000 to build, which included the splash pad, park shelter, playground and bathroom facility. The city didn't use any tax dollars to build the park, instead using a city park fun and donations.

During fundraising, the city received $167,000 from citizen and business donations alone. 49 area businesses donated and the city hosted 47 fundraisers. The Royalton Lions Club built the entire shelter next to the park.

The project took five years to complete. Planning for the park started in June of 2009. Royalton Mayor Andrea Lauer says volunteers spent countless hours planning and building the park.

"Volunteers spent hundreds and hundreds of hours planning and hosting fundraisers for this wonderful park-this park builds our community and we can't thank our supporters enough," Lauer says.

The splash pad will be open through the summer from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The park is located in the Platte Wood Addition, between Birch Street and Evergreen Street, on the corner of 8th and Walnut.


Royalton Mayor Andrea Lauer cuts the ribbon to the Splash Park. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)