The city of Franklin has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation to create a splash pad as part of a larger amphitheater project in the city’s downtown. The city says the pad will be adjacent to the new parking lot on South Main Street.
The grant is part of the Building Better Communities signature program of the American Water
Charitable Foundation and administered by the National Recreation and Park Association. The program aims to “enhance or create public park spaces or programs that encourage the community to engage in water and nature inspired play, connect to the natural world, and focus on environmental education and water-based recreation.”
Mayor Steve Barnett stated, “This pad will not only increase the opportunities for physical activity for all of our children, but will encourage an appreciation for the natural resources such as water for their
parents. I look forward to seeing this community project completed and bringing yet another amenity for our residents and visitors alike.”
Franklin Parks and Recreation Director Chip Orner plans to have completion of the splash pad in
conjunction with the new playground, walking trail, and amphitheater in mid-summer of 2021.