Making a splash

Summer is about to get a lot cooler in Marana.

After a couple months of construction, the Splash Pad at the Marana Heritage River Park is opening July 31. Town Council will cut the ribbon in the morning and the pad will open at 10 a.m. with prizes and games for kids. The event is sponsored by Comcast.

The splash pad, which is located at 12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road near the Gladden Farms community, measures 4,500 square feet. The pad has an agrarian theme with water features including a tractor, windmill, horses and crops.

There is no admission fee and restrooms are on site.

The splash pad is part of the Town’s Heritage River Park, which features a barn, community garden, windmill, water feature and performance stage. The park on Oct. 10 is the site of the Marana Cotton Festival, a celebration of the crop that helped put the Town on the map.

During the splash pad opening, Comcast will have information about its Internet Essentials program. Internet Essentials provides low income families, those with children eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, with Internet access for $9.95 a month, a voucher to buy a low-cost computer and digital literacy training in print, online and in-person.

For more about the program, please see our blog from last December.