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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Ashland Kroc Center’s Splash Pad Poured Today

The Salvation Army’s Ashland Kroc Center is one more splash closer to the opening of RJ’s Spray Park with the pouring of the concrete on Monday, May 22, 2023.

Officials from the Kroc Center, Simonson Construction Services and Rain Drop Products were on hand as subcontractor Sloan Concrete used a large concrete pump truck to pour the concrete while their crew worked diligently to smooth it all out. It took a total of 11 concrete trucks to pour the entire splash pad!

The old spray park was dismantled in 2020 to make room for the Kroc Center’s indoor water park, which opened in 2021. The new spray park, dubbed RJ’s Spray Park after Ray and Joan Kroc, will be adjacent to the existing picnic pavilion that was relocated when construction began for the indoor water center.

A community celebration for the opening of RJ’s Spray Park is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 1. Following the grand opening, the spray pad will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, the spray park’s close proximity to the picnic pavilion will allow access to families benefitting from the Ashland Kroc Center’s Summer Food Service Program, which helps children who receive free or reduced-price lunch in school during the summer.

Operated in conjunction with the USDA and from the Kroc’s picnic pavilion during the summer months, the Kroc’s Summer Food Service Program provides a free, healthy meal each weekday from June 12 to August 11. Nutritious meals will be served on site from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. for children under the age of 18. There is no registration required. Each week brings different themes for kids to enjoy in conjunction with the meals, such as the Touch-a-Truck activity for the first meal on Monday, June 12.

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments of RJ’s Spray Park or the Summer Food Service Program, please follow @AshlandKroc on Instagram and Ashland Kroc Center on Facebook.


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