The City of Burlington hosted a groundbreaking for the new Burlington Splash Park on Thursday, June 18. The new splash park will be over 4,000 square feet and features more than 30 water activities, such as sprayers and buckets. Impact Alamance has committed $500,000 as its first major investment in Alamance County.
“We made this investment because we have a vision of Alamance County being the best place to live and thrive,” says Impact Alamance President, Tracey Grayzer. Part of that vision is to build healthier environments for our community that increase access for children to safe and healthy places to play,” she adds.
The investment in the splash park aligns with Impact Alamance’s Healthy Kids initiative, which is designed to target childhood obesity. Currently, more than 17.5 percent of Alamance County children aged 2-4 are considered obese. When healthy play environments are readily accessible, children are more likely to get the 30-60 minutes of recommended physical activity they need daily to stay healthy. Splash parks are proven to increase physical activity in children, especially during the hot summer months and also provide a place for families to spend time together. The splash park will be free and open to the public. Construction is expected to be complete by November, 2015 and will open for the summer 2016 season.