Park to make a ‘splash’ in Middleport

By Lindsay Kriz -

MIDDLEPORT — Construction will hopefully begin this year on the new splash park that Middleport Council recently approved for the village.

The proposal for the splash park, which will be located on a piece of land adjacent to the old Middleport schools, was originally brought up at a council meeting on Monday. Dec. 14 by Laura Cleland, representing Creating Healthy Communities, and Tim King representing the Middleport Development Group. The pair said this specific location was chosen because of its floodplain level and proximity to Middlport Village Hall/police station.

Initially the concern brought forth by council was that neighbors would not want the splash park in the area. At the Jan. 11 Middleport Council meeting both King and Cleland returned with further research and approval from nearby residents. The pair told council that they needed permission to put the park on the land, but that the village would still own the property and the park would be entirely funded, so the village would not have to pay for the expense. Council this time voted unanimously in favor of the park.

According to Fiscal Officer Susan Baker, water turned on for about six hours a day for three months would cost the village about $1,000 a year. The operator of the park would be able to control when the water runs throughout the day.

Cleland, who also serves as the grant coordinator for the Meigs County Health Department, said planning for this particular park began last year, when Creating Healthy Communities reported the success of a splash park set up in Perry County. David Williams and Associates, Inc. will be providing the equipment, which will include a Fill N’ Spill, Slash-O-Lator, Popp Dropp, Baby Long Legs, a Water Weave and Aqua Arch.

Currently, Cleland said the goal is to secure all of the funding needed so that the park is fully funded, meaning the park will not cost village residents any money. The project is estimated to be about $80,000, with about $25,000 currently secured through the Creating Healthy Communities grant, which comes through the Ohio Department of Health, and through donations. Cleland said those getting the project together are also currently working on applying for funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“Our whole goal is to increase access to recreational opportunities,” Cleland said. “I’m really excited about the project.”

For more information on how to donate, contact Laura Cleland at or at 740-992-6626 EXT. 1031.

By Lindsay Kriz

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.