Saturday turned out to be picture perfect day for the grand opening of the splash pad at Anna’s Slayter Creek Park. The day was hot, a large crowd of area residents turned out for the event and the children couldn’t wait for the inaugural dash to the water.

Anna Mayor Mike Crist, surrounded by City Council and Parks Advisory Board members, welcomed everyone and thanked all those who made the project possible. The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce joined the celebration with a ribbon cutting.

And when all was said and done, the splash pad gates opened, water to the delight of the anxious kids shot up in the air and finally, it was fun time.

The splash pad features 48 unique attractions, 32 of which are in-ground and 16 above ground. Planning Director Maurice Schwanke explained that the splash pad is activated by touching one of two activators, either a sunflower or a blue pole, both three feet high.

"Once activated the splash pad will remain on for 15 minutes, but not all fixtures will operate at the same time; they are on a rotating basis," explained Schwanke.

While the hours of the splash pad operation are currently set from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., "They are being reviewed and may be adjusted depending on the season, demand and other operational considerations," pointed out City Manager Philip Sanders.

In addition to the splash pad, Slayter Creek Park now has a new large concrete parking lot, two new lighted ball fields, a new multi-purpose athletic field, an expanded skate park, canopies over the playground and a disc golf course.

When all the improvements are complete, the park will include a variety of recreational amenities including four lighted ball fields, two lighted tennis courts, two basketball goals, two large multi-purpose athletic fields, 3,600 feet of walking trails, a skateboard park, a playground, horseshoe pits, a shuffleboard court, large pavilion and a concession building with restrooms.