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June 26, 2014

Don Ball Park, Splashpad open

Don Ball Park and Splashpad officially open for the summer

DERRY — It’s wet, wild and free to anyone looking for summer fun.

The Don Ball Park and Splashpad are now officially open for the summer season.

The park off Humphrey Road also boasts a new pavilion, built and donated by the Derry Village Rotary Club.

The popular park and Splashpad made the list of “603 Reasons” why readers believe New Hampshire is special.

Opening day June 21 brought out children, families, and local Rotarians serving up hot dogs and snacks to celebrate the new pavilion.

The pavilion was designed to complement the park, named for longtime town volunteer and recreation supporter Don Ball.

Rotarians built the 30-by-50-foot structure. It provides gives the park added shade on hot days. Local businesses and licensed contractors donated services, money and materials.

The pavilion also includes a brick floor that includes memorial bricks recycled into a new paved area.

Many of those bricks were once part of the original playground’s grand opening 20 years ago

“They were part of the original walkway,” Rotary Club president Kevin Olson said. “It’s a great touch.”

Olson said the old bricks were found piled up near a building at the park. Some were destroyed over the years, but many were saved, Olson said.

Located adjacent to the main playground at the park, the Splashpad includes sprinklers, splashing and dumping water areas to keep kids cool while parents relax nearby.

The Splashpad is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. There are rules and regulations that need to be followed when visitors arrive.

Other Derry parks are also open for the season, including Hood Park and Gallien’s Beach at Beaver Lake.

Call Derry Parks and Recreation for information about the Splashpad or any other summertime events and programs at 432-6136.

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