A New Place For Summer Fun in Reedley

Jun 22, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Community, Lorie Lewis Ham, Reedley News

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Reedley has a new place to take the family for some summer fun, Trimble Park splash pad. The ribbon cutting was on May 22. We took a moment to chat with Reedley’s Community Services Director Sarah Reid to learn more.

KRL: What is Trimble Park?

Sarah: This was the old city pool property, which has new life with the development of a splash pad and green space.

KRL: What all is there for people to do?

Sarah: Visit and enjoy the Korean Monument. Picnic tables for people to gather, grass open space for playing and the City’s only splash pad.

Trimble Park Ribbon Cutting

KRL: Is there a cost?

Sarah: No cost.

KRL: Where did the idea come from?

Sarah: Having a blight space the City considered the best option. Being that this was originally a pool the idea of a water feature made sense. This gives the public an alternative and safe place to get wet.

KRL: Where did the name come from?

Sarah: The city swimming pool was originally developed in 1931. On May 19, 1984, the City Council renamed the pool facility in honor of long time resident, Leon “Luke” Trimble. The pool became known as the Luke Trimble Memorial Pool. Luke Trimble was known as an outstanding coach and teacher at General Grant School and also as the City’s part time Recreation Director. He was remembered for developing a strong city swim program and his positive influence on many young people.

KRL: How long did it take to go from idea to completion?

Sarah: The idea for a splash pad started about seven years ago. Staff had to find funding through grants to start the project moving. Construction took about one year but the idea of what would work well much longer than that.

KRL: What hours is it open?

Sarah: The splash pad is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day. The other areas of the park are open as any other park in town it is just the splash pad that is seasonal.

KRL: Are there any future plans to provide more there?

Sarah: There is a designated area for a kids place structure. Options are being discussed at this time but nothing has been decided on and there is no designated funding at this moment in time for this addition.

KRL: I understand there was a ribbon cutting on May 22, what was that like?

Sarah: There was food (hotdogs, chips and drinks provided by the City of Reedley, snow cones provided by T L Reed After School Leadership students, cotton candy provided by the Reedley Boy Scouts. The splash pad was on and kids enjoyed playing while people gathered and socialized. Great day and the event was well attended with about 75 people.

Trimble Park and the splash pad are located on Reed Avenue.

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.


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