FALLS CITY – Falls City’s Lane Leadership Group took a huge step Tuesday in fulfilling their goal of bringing a splash pad to the town.
The group raised over $14,000 in an event at the newly named Classic Club 8 in Falls City.
One reason they were able get so much support Tuesday, was the help of guest and former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch. His company, Crouch Recreation, is in line to build the splash pad. He is confident that it will be built.
“I think the project is going to happen, people in this community seem to support when they’ve got good projects out there with good causes, like this one, they really turn around and support the community and the project as well,” says Crouch.
Crouch offered up several items for auction at the event, signing old jerseys, programs and also bringing along a football signed by 21 former Heisman winners.
He says the splash pad can help recruit others to the community.
“I know when people are deciding where to move, people are looking for things like splash pads for their kids and thinking about the future,” says Crouch.
The splash pad would be located in Dallas Jones Park, next to the ballfields. According to Mitch Merz of Lane Leadership, this is a perfect spot.
“This would give the younger children, while their siblings are playing baseball and softball, give them an opportunity to do other activities,” says Merz.
The group is looking to raise $200,000 in total for the project, but according to Derrick Leyden of Lane Leadership, getting half-way there is a big step.
“In order for us to apply for a lot of the grants we have to have 50% of the funds raised. So we’re hoping to push ourselves over that goal today, so we can apply for many grants,” says Leyden.
In addition to the splash pad, the $200k would cover things such as benches, security protection and a water recycling program.