First Splash Pad in Peoria to Be Completed for September 12 th Ceremony
PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A ribbon cutting and community celebration for Peoria GreenSplash is
scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at
the northwest corner of the intersection of S. Griswold Street and S.
Friedan Street in Peoria. This project was funded through a $150,000
Building Better Communities grant from the American Water Charitable
Foundation (AWCF) and the National Recreation and Park Association
Mayor Ardis stated, “Peoria GreenSplash is going to be a destination not
only for recreation, but also education. This splash pad is truly unique
to Peoria and the warm weather will allow many people to enjoy this new
attraction.” He continued, “We are also appreciative of the community
volunteers and organizations who donated their time to this project.”
Community parks like Peoria GreenSplash are vital for connecting
children to nature. Nature-based play areas foster an appreciation for
environmental stewardship, while providing opportunities for physical
activity. In Peoria, community members will benefit by playing in clean
water and learning about native plants, the natural water cycle, and
environmental stewardship. Peoria GreenSplash will have educational
signage on the benefits of native plants and clean water.
Roger Goodson, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for
Illinois American Water agreed. He said, “The collaborative spirit on
this project was vital to its success; our team is proud to have played
a role. Every child deserves an opportunity to play and have fun as well
as learn about the role water plays in their community. GreenSplash
helps fulfill that need in Peoria.”
The splash park is the result of a collaboration between the AWCF, NRPA,
the City of Peoria, Illinois American Water and the Peoria Housing
Authority. The splash park was constructed on land donated by the Peoria
Housing Authority, at their Harrison Home Redevelopment site.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity for Peoria residents to
enjoy, learn about and appreciate the environment in a fun and engaging
way,” said Laura Martin, President of the American Water Charitable
Foundation. “Peoria GreenSplash will benefit the children and families
in this community while encouraging the continued viability and
protection of our nation's water resources."
The Building Better Communities is a signature program of AWCF and
administered by NRPA. The program focuses on building or enhancing
nature-based playgrounds and play spaces for children and will connect
and educate people on environmental stewardship practices related to
water and other natural resources.
“NRPA is proud to partner with the American Water Charitable Foundation
to help provide this unique play space to the residents of Peoria,” said
Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “This enhanced space will
increase opportunities for physical activity and connect children and
families to the wonders of nature through their local park.”
Speakers at the ribbon cutting will include: Mayor Jim Ardis, First
District Councilmember Denise Moore, AWCF President Laura Martin,
Illinois American Water Senior Field Manager of Operations and
Production Roger Goodson, and Director Peoria Housing Authority Jackie
Newman. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, guests are welcome to
take part in a neighborhood party with music by DJ Brian Culshaw and
food from Moja Southern Kitchen. The Illinois American Water mobile
education center will also be on hand to teach guests about the benefits
of clean water.
The Peoria project is one of three communities awarded a Building Better
Communities grant in 2017. It is the first educational splash pad of
this type in Peoria.
The rain date for the event is Thursday, September 13 at 3:30 p.m.
For information about the Building Better Communities program, visit https://amwater.com/corp/customers-and-communities/american-water-charitable-foundation/signature-program.
The American Water Charitable Foundation was established in 2010
with a founding contribution from American Water, the American Water
Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides
a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a
good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where
American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation
helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.
More information about the Foundation can be found at amwater.com
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state,
providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a
customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research
laboratory in Belleville.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national
not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans
have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social
equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park
professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy
and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to
parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.
For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation,
The Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) is committed to providing,
affordable housing opportunities for all of the citizens living in an
area generally known as “Central Illinois.” In addition, through the
development of strong partnerships with current residents and
appropriate community agencies, the PHA seeks to develop new programs
(housing, social and educational) to enhance the quality of life for its
resident, thereby offering numerous opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Currently the PHA serves over 6,300 family members throughout our Public
Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program. The PHA has begun to expand
its housing portfolio with modern mixed income developments and
continues to search for ways to expand affordable housing throughout our
service area. Learn more at www.peoriahousing.org.
City of Peoria
Stacy Peterson, 309-494-8560
Illinois American Water
Karen Cotton, 309-566-4126