Splash pad coming to Opp

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A splash pad will soon be coming to Opp.

At Monday’s Opp Utilities Board meeting, Andalusia Garden Center owner Casey Teel presented a $35,000 landscaping project for the new utilities board office that includes a splash pad with 12 jets in the ground.

“This will get kids out of the house,” said Utilities Board Chairman John Bartholomew. “It will be set in the park and we will bring trees and greenery back to the city.”

Teel said the jets will shoot high and will be activated by movement. Additionally, he said the city could set a timer that would only allow the pad to be used at certain times to cut down on the amount of water used.

Teel said it would take him about two weeks to complete.

Seating areas will also be placed in the park.

Board member Skip Spurlin voted against the measure because he wasn’t OK with funding the splash park.

“Why is the utility department building a splash pad?” he said. “I’m good with the landscaping.”

The original budget for landscaping for the project was $10,000.

The project is being paid for out of funds from the sale of Opp Cablevision.

Late last year, the city sold the TV cable system to Andy Cable.

“This is a one-time bill,” said board member Joe Richburg. “We want to make our city as beautiful as possible.”