Crowd attended Red Bud council meeting in support of splash pad

DESIGN CONCEPT–Pictured is a design concept for the proposed splash pad. If approved, the proposed location for the splash pad would be off of the south side of the path that runs between the main parking lot (by the pavilions) to the pool at Ratz Memorial Park.

Monday night’s meeting was probably the best attended city council meeting in quite some, as many area residents came out to discuss the proposed city splash pad.

While not actually on the agenda for the evening, at the council’s Aug. 19 committee meetings, Alderman Clem Esker suggested that he wanted people to come to a council meeting and let them know how the community actually feels about the idea of a splash pad. And while Esker himself was unable to attend Monday night’s council meeting, there were many community members there to show their support.

Kicking off the discussion was Terri Reed, who is a long time resident as well as the secretary of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee.

“Sixty years ago, the Red Bud City Council debated whether to build a pool. After a public vote, they decided to build it. It took courage and leadership to get it done,” she told the council. 

“After several years of planning, the Parks and Recreation Committee is bringing to the city council a plan to build a splash pad at Ratz Park,” she continued. “Our goal of building a splash pad serves the community of Red Bud, serves its residents and serves its children.

For more from the Red Bud city council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.