Wyandotte Nation building new Splash Pad in community

An artist rendering of the new splash pad in Wyandotte, Okla.

An artist rendering of the new splash pad in Wyandotte, Okla.

In an effort to enhance the community in Wyandotte, the Wyandotte Nation has moved forward on plans to build a Splash Pad near tribal housing and new Heritage Acres Community Center.

Wyandotte Nation Housing Director Kathy DeWeese said the contract was signed March 12 and the project, weather permitting, is expected to be completed by the end of June. Singer Construction is doing the excavation and RJR Enterprises, Inc., is installing the Splash Pad and fixtures.

“The Splash Pad had been discussed for several years,” DeWeese said. “The community needs things for families to do in the summer months. Building the pad within the housing area will make it available to those living here, the entire community and also the daycare children.”

The cost of the project is $200,000 and features a teepee, turtle sprayers, wolf and bear cannons, dumping buckets and water sprays.

The Splash Pad is located near the recently opened Heritage Acres Community Center. The grand opening for that was held April 14. It features an activity center, senior center and saferoom.

The Wyandotte Nation is also moving forward on plans for a new Culture Center.

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend said the projects are important pieces in building a ‘community’ in Wyandotte.

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