The splash pads are down for maintenance about three to four times a year, according to Quinlivan. The city spends between $10,000 and $12,000 annually for maintenance and upkeep at both splash pads.
Middletown’s fiscal constraints led to the closing of the city’s two public pools at Douglass and Sunset parks about one decade ago.
In 2006, the city opened a splash pad at Smith Park thanks to in-kind donations from various contractors as well as $10,000 grants each from the Harvey Foundation and the Middletown Community Foundation. The cost of the project was about $81,000, which included the cash grants and the value of the in-kind services.
In 2008, the city converted the former Douglass Pool into a splash pad at a cost of $213,000, of which $50,000 each came from AK Steel, the Middletown Community Foundation and Community Development Block Grants.