The summer season has barely begun
this year, and plans are already underway in Metropolis for the
summer season of 2018.
Metropolis residents may have noticed there is a new addition of a vortex water slide to the city pool, a
preview of things to come for the city. Parks and Recreation Director Pris Abell received approval for a splash park in Metropolis 4 months ago after the city received word at the end
of October that the $340,000 grant that was originally slated for
the bath house renovations was payed out after having been cancelled by the State Of Illinois. The only stipulation for this grant money was that it had to be used for improvements at Franklin Park.
It was decided by City Council Aldermen and Abell that the remaining $300,000 money of the grant should be used to create a Superman themed splash park, directly behind the city pool. HMG Corporation which has been heading the sewage separation project in the city has helped create three other splash parks in the State Of Illinois. HMG came up with plans for the city to create a splash park in Metropolis. HMG is working with Raindrop who creates the splash park features. Raindrop is custom designing the features that are approved Superman themed designs through the Chamber Of Commerce.
Abell says there will be a Superman dumping buckets of water as well as Kryptonite water fountain jets that will shoot up water. The city is expanding the current water filtration system of the city pool to accommodate the splash park. The Splash Park will stretch from behind the pump house to the water well fenced in area. The splash park will be handicap accessible with a step down and slope for access.
People will be able to enter the Splash Park via a gated entrance outside the park as well as a gated entrance from the pool area. Abell says there will be 8-10 water features in the Splash Park. Work on the Splash Park will be started this fall and will be completed by next summer. There will not be an
additional cost for the use of the splash park.
The Metropolis City Pool will open for the season on Monday, May 29th from
1-5 pm. The cost of admission is $1.50 per person ages 5 and
under are free.
A Family Summer Pass is available for $20 per
person in the household.
An individual season pass costs $25.00