Kids in Dixon have a new place to beat the heat, Water Wonderland is now open.

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DIXON (WTVO) – There are few better ways for kids to beat the summer heat than running through a sprinkler. Out in Dixon, kids now have a place to do just that. Their new splash pad that they helped build opened up Saturday.

“I really like splash pads and I wanted to donate money.” Said Logan Sholders, who donated money for the park. Instead of spending his birthday money on himself this past March.

Logan gave $10 to help build this new splash pad in Dixon, Water Wonderland. Logan is just one of the many kids who helped make this water park possible.

“We’ve had more kids in this board room in the last year than i think has been in here in the last 25 years,” Said Duane Long Executive Director of the Dixon Park District.

Not only did the children of Dixon help pay for the park, they also played a part in the decision making process.

“We’ve had kids come in here and donate to the splash pad. It’s their future and I’m sure their parents have told them any little bit helps. Because we said any little bit helps big or small helps the park district.” Said Long.

However the rain cut the opening day short. Some kids sticking around and still enjoying the park in the middle of the downpour. Logan says this is the reason he wanted a park like this, “just to make the community better,” said Sholders.

“The community is really hungry for activities in Dixon. This is just proof that it’s true. Raising money in this day and age is really hard so $140,000 to raise is pretty good in a short amount of time.” Explained Long.

It took $600,000 and a year for this idea to come to life. One major donation came from two residents Tom and Kathi Sherman who wanted a place for the kids and parents to enjoy.

“Major donors were tom and Kathi Sherman, they donated over $200,000 to the project to start it off. Then the park district put $100,000 in. The city put $100,000 in and then we raised another $140,000 from just community members.” Said Long.

Now the children of Dixon have a place to cool off and have some fun in the sun just in time for these hot summer days ahead.

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