Vandalia Rec Center replacing water park feature

Vandalia is planning to replace this 17-year-old water feature at the Rec Center’s indoor water park. CONTRIBUTED

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Vandalia is planning to replace this 17-year-old water feature at the Rec Center’s indoor water park. CONTRIBUTED

Members of the Vandalia Recreation Center will see a new feature for it’s water park by the end of summer.

The new feature will be replacing a 17-year-old feature that was installed when the Rec Center opened in 2001, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

The old feature consists of colorful piping, the piping shoots out water at either end, a waterfall off of the roof, cones that fill up with water and dumps on you.

The old feature had internal corrosion from gallons of water running through the pipes for many years.

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The new water feature will have a tropical look. There will be a palm tree, flowers that spin and spit out water, a snake cannon with water, a butterfly, a spraying leaf and a rain shack. All put together in a colorful format, like a tropical rainforest.

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Illustration of the newest water feature coming to the Vandalia Rec Center in late July and early August. The water feature will be very colorful and vibrant. CONTRIBUTED.

Illustration of the newest water feature coming to the Vandalia Rec Center in late July and early August. The water feature will be very colorful and vibrant. CONTRIBUTED.

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Illustration of the newest water feature coming to the Vandalia Rec Center in late July and early August. The water feature will be very colorful and vibrant. CONTRIBUTED.

This year, the Rec Center, along with help from the city, will be replacing the old feature for a new one. The new feature fits perfectly with existing plumbing that feeds the current water feature.

The Vandalia Rec Center is a key family destination during the summer while children are out for vacation.

The total cost of the project is about $93,000. according to Hopkins. This new feature will save the city money because the new feature is retro-fitted to the existing plumbing and foundation, so it doesn’t have to be replaced said Hopkins..

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The Rec Center has come to realize that over the years, between chlorine and the inner working of the equipment corroding over time, the water features at the water parks have a shelf life.

The plan is to replace the current water feature during the pool’s annual maintenance shutdown, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 10.

For questions about the new water feature at the Vandalia Rec Center, contact Hopkins at (937) 898-5891.

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