Carthage city officials hosted a somewhat hastily-arranged groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the planned splash pad at Davis Park — with city officials saying they were excited for the project to get underway.

City Manager Steve Williams welcomed everybody to the ceremony and thanked those who have helped along the way.

“We’re excited that we’re gonna get started on the splash pad,” Williams said. “They called me last week and said they were ready to go, so they kinda caught us a little off guard, so we’re short notice, and we appreciate everyone coming out. We want to thank the Carthage Economic Development Corporation and the Carthage Improvement Corporation, because without their seed money, basically a grant to start this off, and also everyone that has donated.”

The new splash pad will be at Davis Park by the playground area and toward the front of the Davis Community House. It will have an amoeba shape to accommodate the trees at the park; officials said they would only have to remove one tree for the project.

The city expects construction to take between six weeks and two months, and they hope to open the new amenity before the end of summer.

Both the CEDC and CIC contributed $100,000 for the project, and the city is raising the remaining $100,000 from community residents and businesses. Williams said that they’re at about 75 percent funded for the remaining portion and encouraged the community to keep giving.

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