Making a splash
Grand opening for historic Peterborough community pool
Evan Merwede, 11, of Peterborough stands under a large fountain in Adams Pool's new splash pad on Friday. Meghan Pierce ((MEGAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent))
Kiki Walden, 7, of Peterborough explorers Adams Pool's new splash pad in Peterborough Friday afternoon. Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE MEGHAN PIERCECorrespondentNew Hampshire Union Leaderoffice: 603-924-2111cell: 603-831-4223 firstname.lastname@example.org
The reopening started with a ribbon cutting ceremony and continued with a community pool party.
"This is something that I have been after for about 20 years, so I'm really excited," said Recreation Committee vice chairman Todd Weeks. "I hope everyone enjoys it."
A splash pad is a play area where water is sprayed from fountain-like installations. Since the splash pad is designed to have no standing water, it is safe for young children who don't know how to swim.
"It was essentially a stimulus project to put people back to work during the Great Depression," King said at the ceremony.
Budget Chairman Gordon Kemp recalled the opening.
"I was here, I don't remember a formal opening, probably because this was a federal government and state project and the town didn't have much to do with it. In fact, a lot of the folks in the town weren't too happy about it and didn't know why we needed it or why we should have it. But I wish they could all be here to today to see what it has become," Kemp said.
"They probably knew they were creating more than just a pool. They were creating a social institution that would serve in the center of community life for the residents during the summer months, for generations," Miller said of initiators of the pool back in the 1930s.
Selectman Joe Byk thanked Peterborough-based Torphy Construction for bringing the project in on time and under budget.
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