With a fresh layer of snow on the ground, the mood felt almost wishful as crews de-winterized the splash pad last week.
This weekend, forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures approaching 80 degrees and the Hilltop Bank Splash Pad at David Street Station will open for the season as scheduled.
The new name of the splash pad comes courtesy of sponsorship from the local bank, which is one of the ingredients to keep the popular attraction running using entirely private and business donations.
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According to a release from the Downtown Development Authority, the splash pad officially opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m.
According to the release, the opening kicks off the summer season at David Street Station, which will include the Hilltop Bank Summer Concert Series, Wyoming Food for Thought Summer Markets (sponsored by WCDA,) Cinema at the Station, and Wellness Wednesdays with the YMCA among other events.
The splash pad opened last year and is the final stage of the David Street Station public plaza development.
In an interview last year, Downtown Development Authority executive director Kevin Hawley told Oil City News the first season of the splash pad attracted about 75,000 total visits.
“We had two families from California come in and tell us ‘this is insane’,” said Hawley. “We’ve had North Carolina, New York, Texas,” Hawley said.
The splash pad closed after Labor Day last year to undergo preventative maintenance after its first season in use.
“It if was up to us, we’d run it as long as the weather would allow,” said Hawley last August. “This is a big draw for downtown, it brings a lot of bodies.”
A previous version of this story identified one of the David Street Station events as “WCDA’s Wyoming Food For Thought Summer Market,” per a statement from David Street Station Officials. Oil City has been contacted and was informed that this is a misidentification, and that the event is “Wyoming Food For Thought, Summer Market,” and is sponsored by WCDA. The story has been corrected with the amended information.