What started out as a simple "what if" as one Taylor resident watched her three small grandchildren splashing about on hot summer day, has turned into something much bigger for the borough of Taylor.
With a $275,000 estimated total cost and the dedication of around 14 people, the Taylor Borough Splash Park Committee is off and running, hoping to earn enough funds to cover the costs it needs to be operational by 2017.
The splash park will be built at Derenick Park off of Union Street and will feature several water-based activities for children from throughout the Triboro-area, not just those living in Taylor.
"The closest splash park is in the Abington area and with our central location it makes sense and is a good opportunity to bring people into our community," said Taylor Borough's Recreation Director Chuck McKeel. "This is something for those who don't play sports to do."
The idea for a splash park in Taylor was the brainchild of Peg and Buddy Derenick.
"They came to the recreation committee and shared their ideas," McKeel said.
"It takes a lot of work and I knew this was something that I couldn't do myself," said Peg Derenick. "My husband and I have three grandchildren and we take them to other splash parks."
"He spent 20 years of his life building that field in the memory of his dad," she said. "We've been working fast and furious because he's been feeling better after having been ill. And now we have a committee together and the things that can happen because of this park are limitless and people are seeing this. It's not just limited to Taylor children, it's for the whole area. It's a win-win situation for Taylor Borough and the whole area."
Derenick said that enthusiasm is growing and that everyone who learns about the splash park wants to help generate funds for it.
"Even if we fall short of raising what we need for the matching grant, I am confident we will be able to still see this splash park built at Derenick Park," she said. "I am very confident this is going to happen.
"It's not going to be that huge, but it will be a place where children will be able to go and play and cool off in the hot summer months," McKeel said.
He explained that maintenance and operational costs are anticipated to be minimal for the park once it is operational. For now, the focus is on generating the funds to get the project started.
"Right now, the committee is conducting a daily number fundraiser for the month of March," he explained. "Tickets are available for $5 and are good for the entire month."
Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact 562-3680 or committee members Paul Brennan, McKeel, Shawn Murphy, Toni and Jody Oustrich, Mike Morgan, Mike Foy, Tom or Ali Geroulo, Joe Iacovazzi, John Tigue or Terri Molinaro.
Additionally, the group has teamed up with the Easter Bunny, who will be hopping by the Taylor Hose Co. No. 1 on Union Street from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 16.
Tickets for the breakfast are $7 for adults and $5 for children and on sale now and available by calling 562-3680. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
The splash park committee meets monthly, with the next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at Riverside Elementary West, 308 Davis Street, Taylor.