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Splash Pad open for summer fun in Phil Campbell

Published on May 28th, 2014 by Mike Self

John Pilati

Franklin Free Press

The Phil Campbell town council hopes to make a splash in the community with this past Saturday’s opening of the Phil Campbell Splash Pad. The new facility is located at the Phil Campbell Community Center, on the same spot that housed the former city pool that was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornado.

Nelda Moss was hired as the facility’s part-time summer manager. The splash pad’s hours of operation are expected to be 12-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The pad will be available evenings from 6-8 p.m. for parties and private rentals. It will be closed on Sundays.

At its May 20 meeting, the town council set a fee of $100 for private rental, with an additional $25 refundable deposit. Admission will be $1 per guest, though the council voted to forego any fee for the pad’s first week of operation.

Phil Campbell received grant funding that allowed construction of the splash pad, a pavilion and a playground. Plans also call for a concession area and restroom building, but mayor Steve Bell said funding for those additions was not available at this time.

“The concession area and restrooms are not complete, but we hope they’ll be done by next year,” Bell said.

The council voted to rent two portable toilets, including a handicapped accessible toilet, for the summer.

Bell updated the status in Phil Campbell Industrial Park of the Montgomery Industries project, indicating that walls for the 81,000-square-foot building should be erected soon. The issue of annexing the PC Industrial Park into city limits remains unsettled. Bell said he’s had ongoing discussions with realtor Dewayne Crumley on behalf of the landowner, but no agreement has been reached.

Crumley, whose client Sims Bark, Inc., owns the land between the city limits and the industrial park, said company officials have “turned down” options to annex into Phil Campbell so far. Becoming part of the city would offer improved fire and police protection and possibly lower insurance rates, but Crumley said his clients see no justification for the extra taxes and costs they would incur.

Bell, though, remains optimistic.

“I still think we can come to some resolution with this issue,” Bell said.

Construction of the Montgomery facility is expected to be complete by August, according to a company spokesman.

In other action, the council:

—Appointed Matt Smith to the Park and Recreation Board.

—Appointed Howard Hutcheson as the mayor’s appointment to the Housing Authority Board.

—Received an update on the imminent demolition of eight structures damaged by the tornado. The town received a grant through Disaster Relief Funds to demolish the properties. Addresses set for demolition and cleanup include: 1244 Pike Ave., 1622 Pike Ave., 63 McClung St., 487 McClung St., 3140 Hwy. 237, 50 Weeks St., 106 Weeks St., 185 Weeks St. and 151 McClung St.

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Members of the Phil Campbell Town Council held a grand opening for the new splash pad on Saturday. Pictured are: councilman Danny Brown, councilwoman Lynn Landers, Mayor Steve Bell, councilman Jimmy Cartee and councilman Eddie Barton. Photo by Bart Moss.

Members of the Phil Campbell Town Council held a grand opening for the new splash pad on Saturday. Pictured are: councilman Danny Brown, councilwoman Lynn Landers, Mayor Steve Bell, councilman Jimmy Cartee and councilman Eddie Barton. Photo by Bart Moss.

PC opens splash pad
Published 1:38pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

By Bart Moss

For the FCT

The town of Phil Campbell took one more step Saturday in the post-April 2011 tornado rebuilding effort.

The town held a grand opening for their new splash pad, something residents have been looking forward to for many months.

Prior to being ripped apart by the EF-5 tornado in 2011, the Phil Campbell city pool had become a money drain on the town. Maintenance costs, operational costs and low attendance were all causing a financial strain.

After the pool and recreation area took a direct hit by the tornado and was deemed to be beyond repair, city leaders were faced with a choice to rebuild a pool or try something new.

After getting input from city residents and doing some research, city leaders chose the latter.

“This has been a long-awaited dream come true,” said Phil Campbell Mayor Steve Bell.

“We haven’t had a place for our children to have fun during the summer for a few years now. We have been working really hard to make this happen.”

As many as 60 children filed into the splash pad during the grand opening Saturday.

“It’s great to see all these children smiling, laughing and having such a good time,” Bell said.

“It is great to have something nice for the young children of the area where they can come and have a good time with their family.”

The splash pad will be open from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The splash pad is open only to children age 12 and under.  Children age 10 and under must have an adult guardian on site.  Toddlers age two and under must have an adult with them on the pad.

It is also advised that children wear swim shoes to prevent blisters and scrapes that might result from being on wet concrete for long periods of time. Also, the playground may require shoes because of rocks and dirt.

Admission will free for the remainder of this week. After June 2, admission will be $1 per child to help cover operation and maintenance costs.

The splash pad will also be available for parties from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the days of operation. There is a $125 charge to rent the pavilion and splash pad for parties ($25 is refundable if the area is cleaned up). There is no age limit for the parties.

Call Phil Campbell City Hall at 205-993-5313 to make reservations.

“We want to invite the community to come enjoy the site,” Bell said.

“We are nowhere near finished with the site. There is still much work we want to do as funding becomes available. Right now we have the splash pad, playground, grills, picnic tables and the pavilion.

“It’s a work in progress, but at least it’s progress.”

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