Left to right: Safety and Service Director Ryan Delk, Mayor Steve Willman and President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare Jeff Subler with a framed Paul Ackley sketch of the South Park Splash Pad.

Greenville dedicates South Park Splash Pad

The City of Greenville dedicated the new South Park Splash Pad on Wednesday evening.

The idea for South park was conceived in 1947 by the Governor of Greenville Moose 329 Judge Howard Ely.

“South Park in my mind had a great beginning, a great start,” Safety and Service Director Ryan Delk said. “A community coming together to make it happen. That was very important.”

Since its creation, the park has been home to a baseball field, various playground equipment and a wading pool. The City started working on the splash pad in 2013.

Delk said the waterpark project was about making Greenville a better place.

“This splash pad is a way to rejuvenate the Southside of town,” he said. “Ever since South School shut down there just wasn’t much here for the kids of this area to do.”

Wayne HealthCare worked with the City during the project and made various contributions along the way.

Mayor Steve Willman thanked President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare Jeff Subler for the hospital’s contributions to the project and community.

“This is a great opportunity for us to recognize and thank one of the best partners the city has had for many, many years,” he said. “Wayne HealthCare has been a tremendous help to the city, revitalizing the Southside, it’s really incredible.”

Moving forward, Delk said that the city plans to make improvements to the splash pad in the future.

“We do have some things in the works,” he said. “Like anything, you build it and then after you’re finished you have things you want to change. A couple things we’re going to work through: picnic tables, shade trees, benches, and we discovered that we need to add a changing room inside. We’re going to work through it and we’re going to make it better.”

Mayor Steve Willman gifted a framed Paul Ackley sketch of the South Park Splash Pad to President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare Jeff Subler as a thank you for their contributions to the project.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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