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Dover Trying to Figure out Where to Put Splash Park

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DOVER, Del.- The city of Dover wants to build a new splash park, but isn't sure where to put it. For a whole host of reasons, Dover has not had a place for people to cool off in the water since swimming was stopped in Silver Lake back in 2008.

Eileen Simmons remembers a time when Silver Lake was a good place to take a dip.

"Years ago we would swim," she said. "We'd come all the way down to the center and go back in. It was a beautiful thing."

She remembers when swimming stopped at the lake. And she'd like to see a public water recreation option back in the city.

"Especially for all the kids," Simmons said. "There are a lot of kids in the community. They would enjoy that. It gives them somewhere to hub."

"It was originally planned to be at Schutte Park," Ann Marie Townshend, Dover Parks & Rec Director, said. "We changed it with the idea that we'd study of where the best location is."

Townshend said there are a number of options for where to put a splash park.

"From my perspective, I really believe it needs to be somewhere kids and families can walk to from their houses. That would best serve the residents of Dover."

She said that does not describe Schutte. But it does describe both Dover and Silver Lake parks. Simmons likes the idea of having it at Silver Lake.

"If it were possible, this would be a perfect spot," she said. "It has acreage. It has nice shade."

The city plans to make a decision by next spring, and then spend $20,000 to design the splash park.

Townshend says the park could be open by summer 2016. She adds the city is looking at a splash park over a pool, because pools are much more expensive. A splash park can be done without a lot of land and without, once open, lifeguard supervision.

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