Chisholm is a mining town on the Mesabi Range in Northern Minnesota with a population of less than 5,000. The Chisholm Kiwanis Club was focused on bringing an option for safe water play to the community since the 158-acre lake in the center of town is not fit for swimming and several nearby open pit mines are not monitored or safe for swimming.
The club who won an AquaSmart® Package valued at US$50,000 will install the splash pad equipment in Memorial Park, a space that already offers football and softball fields, sand volleyball, bocce ball and pickleball courts, as well as the summer recreation program. The addition of the splash pad will encourage even more community members as well as surrounding communities to visit and enjoy the beautiful town of Chisholm.
“Our club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020, and this project has been something we’ve been talking about ever since,” explained Shannon Kishel-Roche, Chisholm Kiwanis Club’s president. “A splash pad was a great solution to our lack of community swimming options, and it’s a great opportunity to commemorate our club’s centennial.”
While 2022 is the first year that Aquatix® by Landscape Structures and Kiwanis International have sponsored the Legacy of Play H2O contest, we have partnered with Kiwanis to sponsor the Legacy of Play Contest focused on playgrounds for eight years.