Yellville splash pad is a work-in-progress

Anyone traveling on Arkansas Highway 14 south may notice a construction project in Yellville City Park. The city is in the process of having a splash pad built for local residents to enjoy on hot summer days.

Yellville Mayor Shawn Lane says so far, the project has been slow going, due to the amount of rain that has fallen in the Twin Lakes Area.

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Yellville City Park Director Lyn Baker says the contractor has all the materials he needs to begin his portion of the project. Right now, it’s just a matter of when he can get to Yellville and get his construction started, but officials don’t anticipate having to wait much longer.

The cost of the project is over $300,000, and half of the funding is being provided by Arkansas Parks and Tourism through a 50/50 rural community grant. Baker says the other half has been provided by generous donors.

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The pad will include 20 to 25 different features including a bucket brigade, water fountains and spray cannons. Mayor Lane says the pad will be divided into three different sections.

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Baker says another addition will be vending for food and drinks, which Yellville City Park hasn’t had in nearly 15 to 20 years.

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Officials say the goal is to have the project complete and ready for the Independence Day holiday.

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