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Federalsburg Splashpad Born From Tragedy, But a Beacon for the Community

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FEDERALSBUG, Md.- Federalsburg Mayor Bill Beall on Friday cut the ribbon opening the first municipal splashpad on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The project was originally conceived one year ago following the tragic drownings of three boys in the Marshy Hope Creek. Beall said the boys were playing basketball and jumped in the river to cool off but could not swim.

He said following the boys' deaths there was public outcry for a community pool, which was expensive and time consuming.  Beall said he saw splash pads at water parks and thought it would be a good idea to bring one to Federalsburg.

"To me this is better than a pool.  It's safe, it's got a rubberized surface, and you don't need a lifeguard." said Beall.

The project was funded by a $42,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Beall says this new way to keep cool was well worth the expense.

"I just can't tell you how happy it makes me to drive by and see these kids down there laughing and playing and getting wet," Beall said.

The mayor noted that there is room for expansion, where they can add on a palm tree or a mushroom to the pad in the future.  For now, he is happy to see the splashpad up and running after a year of work.

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