City officials dedicate new splash pad at Physicians Park



Grand Blanc dignitaries gather at Physicians Park for the official grand opening of the new splash pad. Courtesy photo

Grand Blanc dignitaries gather at Physicians Park for the official grand opening of the new splash pad. Courtesy photo

GRAND BLANC — After months of delays, the long-awaited splash pad finally opened at Grand Blanc’s Physicians Park in July.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, local dignitaries gathered at the park for the official dedication, ribbon cutting and grand opening of the water wonderland.

“This is a great asset to Grand Blanc and the Grand Blanc community,” said Leigh LaForest, president of the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce.

“The splash pad has been a fantastic addition during the warm summer months,” City Manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer noted in a press release issued prior to the ribbon cutting.

Grand Blanc Mayor Susan Soderstrom said improving the city’s park offering has always been one of her prime objectives.

“I am happy to be here today watching everyone enjoying the downtown parks … (and this) joyful splash pad,” she said. “It took two years, but all good things are worth waiting for.”

Installation of the splash pad was delayed by the COVID-19 travel restrictions that prohibited entry into the United States for the Canadian company that builds splash pads.

A unique feature of the splash pad is that it serves as an ice rink in the winter months. The ice rink opened last December with many skaters and hockey players utilizing the rink.

In addition to the splash pad/ice rink, Physicians Park features a playground, pavilion, walking trail and other amenities.

On select Wednesdays this summer, many area residents gather at the park after venturing downtown to visit the Food Truck Festival, concerts and Grand Chalet Shoppes.

“The park is ready for your enjoyment,” said Soderstrom.

The splash pad will close for the season the day after Labor Day.