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McHenry Mayor: Benefit concert for creation of splash pad in the works

Project would cost between $250,000 to $300,000

Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com 
Marcy Buchanan of Woodstock (left) runs through sprinklers with her granddaughter Briella Zarate, 2, Monday at the Acorn Alley splash pad at Veterans Acres Park just after the park opens for the day.
Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com Marcy Buchanan of Woodstock (left) runs through sprinklers with her granddaughter Briella Zarate, 2, Monday at the Acorn Alley splash pad at Veterans Acres Park just after the park opens for the day.

McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett has announced early plans for a benefit concert to pay for the creation of a splash pad.

“Wouldn’t a splash pad be nice to have in the City of McHenry?” the mayor posted on his Facebook page. “A few local businesses are working to put together a benefit concert to raise the money for this project.”

Jett posted several renderings of different splash pads, one called Fort McHenry Splash Pad and the other called Merkel Aquatic Center.

Fort McHenry is a large playground on Front Royal Drive, and Merkel Aquatic Center is where McHenry’s public swimming pool is, located on Green Street.

“I would love to see this built at Fort McHenry,” Jett said.

Jett asked followers to give suggestions for who to book for the concert, which could take place in June.

The splash pad would cost between $250,000 to $300,000 to build, he said.

There are some splash pads throughout McHenry County. Some are freestanding or located near playgrounds or parks such as the Veteran Acres Park’s Acorn Alley and Woodscreek Park Crystal Castle splash pads in Crystal Lake, or Sunset Park Splash Pad in Lake in the Hills.

Other area splash pads are part of larger water parks, such as the pads at Woodstock Water Works or Stingray Bay in Huntley.

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