Warm weather has remained for many of the days this winter, and if the dog days of summer are as plentiful, a new feature at Veterans Way Park should be popular.

The city of Hudson and the Kiwanis Club of Hudson have partnered to create a splash pad water feature at Veterans Way Park for children to cool off during the summer heat.

The 1,874-square-foot splash pad would feature 12 inch-ground mount sprays in a variety of designs. Shade structures may be added around the splash pad in the future.

The Veterans Way Park location offers a close proximity to downtown Hudson and provides parking, restrooms, shade and a pavilion, according to city officials.

The Splash Pad project originated with the Hudson Kiwanis, whose members approached the city about the club's desire to donate to a sizable project for the city's children.

Club members discussed ideas with city administrators and ultimately decided on the splash pad. Kiwanis will make a substantial monetary contribution toward the $200,000 project. The city will pay the remainder of the cost, and will pay for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

"The Hudson Kiwanis is thrilled to partner with the city on the splash pad project," said Tom Semple, the club's immediate past president. "We were in a position to take on a new, large project. The city's proposal of a splash pad was exciting to the club's leadership and meets the mission of Kiwanis. We all look forward to seeing the project being built this spring and know that the city's children and their parents will enjoy having it."

Council member Casey Weinstein supports the project.

"As a Councilman, one thing I hear a lot from my constituents is that they value Hudson's charm and the investments we make to create an inviting community for our families," Weinstein said. "This splash pad will be a place for our community to come together and enjoy our city and each other. I look forward to seeing my fellow Hudsonites out there."

Construction on the splash pad is expected to begin in March. The grand opening is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

The Hudson Kiwanis has for many years supported the community through its involvement in youth baseball and basketball programs. It has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to public and private schools in Hudson, as well as to other community causes and events, such as scholarships and Kiwanis Safety Town.

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