Splash Central In Huron Opens Friday
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
May 23, 2013 5:47 PM
What used to be a college in Huron is now a water park, complete with a lazy river. And if it wasn't for the people of the Huron community, this dream would never have become a reality.
The pools are filled, the water is flowing and the slides are getting their final inspections before go time. And the attractions at Splash Central are sure to please.
“We have our leisure pool right here for the kids that the Body Slide enters into and then we have the lazy river which the Master Blaster Express empties into,” said park director Laurie McGirr.
The four and half story slides are a far cry from the campus that used to call this spot of land home. And the director of Splash Central knows just how the community is feeling losing an institution of higher learning.
“I graduated from HU in 1997, played college basketball and college softball while I was here,” said McGirr.
While there will always be a place in her hear for her alma mater in McGirr knows this water park will bring smiles to thousands of kids throughout the years.
“The kids are exited. The community of Huron is excited. So, it's just been an array of emotions from start to finish,” said McGirr.
Workers place the finishing touches on Splash Central, knowing Friday will be something the city of Huron has been waiting and working for, for a long time; a water park that truly belongs to the residents of Huron.
“The community came together. They asked for $3-million and the community actually donated $4.2-million in the end,” said Mcgirr.
While McGirr will no longer be able to revisit her college classrooms, there still are some reminders throughout the park.
“The first time I started in this position on February 1st, my office is in the campus center. Well, that’s where we ate lunch. So, it's a little bit off déjà vu,” said McGirr.
A Water park that's ready go. Bringing what Huron residents hope will replace Huron University with summers filled with cannonballs and smiles.