Yelm Spray Park
The much anticipated City Park play area and splash pad are scheduled to be completed by mid-June, just in time for the annual Prairie Days Festival.
The splash pad is designed to cover an estimated 1,780 square-feet, located within the Yelm City Park, adjacent to the Yelm Community Center. The splash pad will feature multiple water fountains, water rings, water cannons, and other features for children to recreate, and will use a recirculating water system to conserve water.
The updated playground equipment will replace the existing playground, and will expand to an estimated 6,700 square-feet. The new playground will have swings, slides, climbing features, bridges, a tree house, and will have ADA compliant access. A concrete pavilion will surround both the splash pad and playground equipment.
City Council approved a $443,000 construction contract with W.S. Contractors, LLC to install the play area and splash pad. The splash pad is partially funded through the Community Development Block Grant, while the play area equipment is funded through a grant offered by the Washington Department of Commerce.
The projects were advertised for bid Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, and closed March 5. The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department approved the procurement procedures March 15, and the project is expected to be complete before June 21.