Anniston Parks and Recreation Director Steven Folks said adding a splash pad to Zinn Park will improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.  

“It’s one of those things that it is good because anybody can participate,” he said. “You can get wet and get out of the heat.”

The splash pad, which was funded in part by a grant from the Stringfellow Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, will open to the public for the first time Friday at 10 a.m.

Folks said he has received positive feedback so far from community members who say they are excited about seeing something new in the area. He said a splash pad is a good addition, both for safety and financial reasons.

“It’s a little more economical because more kids can get on it and you don’t need a lifeguard or a gate. You can come in and wave your hand and the splash pad will turn on,” Folks said. “It’s a family thing where you can sit down and let your kids run. They can’t drown standing up.”

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