Beat the summer heat at Moore County’s new splash pad!  “Splash Moore” is officially open at Hillcrest Park in Carthage! 

Now in the midst of its first summer season, Splash Moore is similar to the pads that opened in Rassie Wicker Park Pinehurst in 2016 and the Southern Pines Pool Park late last fall.

Splash Moore, Hillcrest ParkA couple hundred kids and adults were at the dedication ceremony.  “Welcome to this beautiful facility and this exciting event,” said County Manager Wayne Vest.

Moore County Commissioners’ Vice Chairwoman Catherine Graham joined the large group of kids gathered under a large bucket that dumps water and creates the biggest splash.  She wore a raincoat and despite being surrounded by kids, she still ended up getting soaked anyway.

“I loved it,” Graham exclaimed afterward.

Construction on the 7,000-square-foot splash pad began in February, and it’s part of a $5.29 million project to build a recreation center at Hillcrest Park off N.C. Highway 22 near the intersection with U.S. 15-501.

Commissioners have already approved the funding for the center and are expected to award the construction contract at their Board meeting next week.

Commissioners’ Chairman Frank Quis said Hillcrest Park and the splash pad would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers and private donors.  “The volunteers who have given their time and money have been so instrumental in making this one of the best parks in North Carolina,” he said.

 “This is Moore County’s Hillcrest Park,” Vest said. “It’s for every citizen in this county and the visitors who come here.”

(Original story by David Sinclair in The Pilot, 7/10/19)


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