Splash Park opens at Boys and Girls Club

Splash Park opens at Boys and Girls Club

Kaitlyn Weston, 7, left, Jeilene Lantigua, 7, and Alize Hernandez, 11, run through the water-spraying arch at the Boys & Girls Club of WoonsocketÕs new Splash Park that opened at the club on Aug. 26.

WOONSOCKET - Let the water fun begin.

The Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket has opened a new splash park at their Kendrick Avenue center, filled with waterfalls, water shooting canons and a cavern filled with splashing streams.

"There's a rainbow waterfall and a bucket waterfall," said Dan Grabowski, founder and CEO of the club.

Made by Splash Zone of Arizona, the 100-by-20-foot facility includes a 250-foot seating area for staff and adults. The park opened this week to members and will also be made available to rent for birthday parties.

Splash parks are considered safer than traditional swimming facilities and are equipped with a gripping rubberized surface aimed at minimizing slips.

Designed with the colors of the rainbow, the park has added life to what was once just a paved lot used for the club's childcare program. At an opening ceremony this week, club members and their parents wore logo T-shirts matching the colors of the rainbow in honor of the park.

The project cost around $237,000 and was completely funded through grants from organizations including the Champlin Foundations, CVS/Caremark The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Navigant Credit Union, Nationwide Construction and Eastern Insurance Group. A permanent sign at the park will acknowledge the donors who made the new facility possible.

The splash park is just one of many improvements underway at the club. In addition to adding a full-size basketball court, organizers are currently refurbishing the playground.

"It's going to turn out to be quite a complex here," Grabowski said.

The BGCW serves some 100 Woonsocket youth per day, with programs designed to foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship.

The children cool off under the Waterfall at The Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket's new Splash Park. (Valley Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)
Founder/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket Daniel Grabowski, Faith Wiener, senior director of Community Relations at CVS, middle, and Mary Maloney, treasurer, board of directors Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket, are pictured at the opening of the new Splash Park. With them are, from left, Jeremy Rodriguez, 10, Yesse Perez, 8, Ayden Osman, 8, Joel Vega, 7, Alize Hernandez, 11, Kaitlyn Weston, 7, and Jeilene Lantigua, 7.