Groundbreaking Ceremony

City officials hope new feature at Poe Corn Park can open this coming summer

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 9) for the construction of a splash pad at the city’s Poe Corn Park. City officials and members of the Bert Murphy family –which is a local business owner and major donor to the project – sank shovels into the site where formal construction is tentatively set to begin in January. The splash pad of 1,679 square feet will offer 25 push – to – operate water features for children and adults to enjoy each summer. Additional space around the splash pad will be developed and improved within the total area designated for the new feature at the park, located at East Second Street and South Garden Avenue.

The splash pad will be free to the public. Its hours of operation and the annual opening and closing dates are yet to be finalized. It is hoped the splash pad will be completed in time for a grand opening sometime in the summer of 2016. The $450,000 project is being funded by a $245,000 state appropriation, $105,000 from bonds issued with the backing of city gross receipts taxes, and a $100,000 donation from the family of the late Bert Murphy. The design and construction of the splash pad are being handled by Cooperative Educational Services of Albuquerque, Vortex Aquatic Structures of Quebec, Canada (with locations throughout the world, including the United States) and Waide Construction of Roswell.

Todd Wildermuth, Public Information Officer Office:(575) 624-6770 ext. 141 Cell:(575) 208-8055 Email:

City of Roswell Press Release


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