By Amber Hobaugh
The Army Corps of Engineers has announced the installation of a splash pad at Kendall Park. This new water based play area offers a place for kids to stay cool as an alternative to swimming in the reservoir and is the first of its kind in the area. The idea for the splash pad came from former resource manager, Michael Boles, about two years ago and his dream became a reality in November 2019.
The decision was made to place the splash pad in the day use area of Kendall Park, rather than the campgrounds, to allow for it to be free to the public and easily accessible. This location also keeps the splash pad in close proximity to the playground area, Captain Jake’s snack shack and bait, the fish hatchery, and the wildlife center while also allowing access from the campgrounds on the property.
Jonathan Friedman, the current resource manager for the Corps of Engineers on Lake Cumberland, says “We did a soft opening in accordance with the guidelines issued by Governor Beshear at the end of June. We are following all of the CDC guidelines to make this a safe and fun experience for everyone.”
The splash pad is fully funded by the Corps of Engineers and about 75% of the work was done by corps employees. The splash pad will be kept up with by the maintenance team at Lake Cumberland.
“The Corps has contracted out to make sure the splash pad is clean and sanitized regularly and we hope everyone enjoys the amenities Lake Cumberland has to offer,” Friedman said.
The resumption of business on Lake Cumberland has been and continues to be a boon for the area, but with the reopening comes the responsibility for officials to promote and people to practice safety. Mr. Friedman wants to encourage everyone to “Wear your life jacket and stay safe on Lake Cumberland!”