Mallard, IA opens first splash pad this weekend

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MALLARD, Iowa (KTIV) –  With a population of just 276, the small town of Mallard, Iowa, is doing something you only see in places much larger: they’re opening a splash pad.

The splash pad will open Saturday for not only Mallard, but the surround communities. Those associated with the project say it’s been a lot of work for the town.

“It’s been a lot of planning, a lot of paperwork, a lot of phone calls, and donations and volunteer time and everybody working together, so it’s been good,” said Tara Hoch, a volunteer with the project.

Development began when two members of the town wrote a grant to help cover it. The grant was approved by the Palo Alto Gaming Commission, but would not cover the full cost of the project.

At first, Mayor Jim Gehrt was skeptical of the idea before being convinced by a member of the city council.

“I said ‘I don’t know, Amy, if this is a good idea or not.’ And she thought for minute and looked at me and said ‘Well, Jim, what else would bring people to Mallard?'” said Gehrt.

The grand opening of the Mallard splash pad takes place at noon on Saturday, July 20, and will feature catering.

Admission to the splash pad is free and will remain open for the rest of summer.

Connor Foster

Connor Foster

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