Papillion City Council member Tom Mumgaard has been working hard for nearly five years to get the City of Papillion a second splash pad.
This year's proposed budget has allotted funds for it.
While the budget hasn't designated a location for a second splash pad, Mumgaard said he is considering Glenwood Hills Park. The official location will be determined at a later date.
The city's current splash pad at Schwer Park, 800 W. Centennial Road, is in the northern part of Papillion. Having a second splash pad located at Glenwood Hills would put it in the southern part of the city.
The Glenwood Hills Park was previously suggested as a location but increased neighborhood traffic and lack of parking caused concern about the site.
Those concerns have since been addressed, Mumgaard said. Now, visitors no longer need to drive through the neighborhood to reach the park. To alleviate parking on neighborhood streets, a parking lot was built outside of the neighborhood.
If the budget item passes, Mumgaard said he wants to start by getting a design and bids right away. Construction would take place in winter or spring, allowing the splash pad to open by next summer.
The current splash pad at Schwer Park is popular but has its critics.
“It is extremely attractive. People use it,” Mumgaard said. “It's one of the best things the city has given to the park system in years.”
But one drawback has been the additional traffic the splash pad draws at the park and surrounding areas.
Adding the proposed splash pad on the south side of Papillion would complement the existing one on the north side, Mumgaard said.
When the first splash pad was built, the initial idea was to have three splash pads so one single splash pad wasn't overloaded.
Mumgaard said splash pads are popular and successful because they're a free activity and they're suitable for younger children. At the same time, they don't compete with the pools.
Overall, Mumgaard has been pleased with the support of his fellow council members.
“I commend the other council members for their open-mindedness in considering it,” he said.