The Ohio Parks & Recreation Association (OPRA) held their Annual Conference this week and presented Awards of Excellence for 2018.
The Defiance Splash Park won third place in Category 2: Capital Improvements Projects – $1.0 – $2.5 million. Eleven communities statewide submitted projects for Category 2, all larger in population than Defiance. It was noted by the judges that this project was a “Great reuse of unused (eyesore) space. The transformation was awesome!”
The Defiance Splash Park opened to the community on July 4, 2018. The total cost of the project was $1.29 million with $646,000 raised through fundraising efforts. The park was open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. through September 30, 2018 when it closed for the season. This inclusive park will reopen in May 2019 and is free to all.