Midland County 4th & 5th graders have a chance to "make a splash" by coming up with a name for a brand new County park attraction-a 4,000 sq. foot spray playground that will be unveiled to the public this summer as a featured piece of a $1-million Sanford Lake Park Improvement Project. The County's largest spray park has 18 water features and a unique design that hopefully will inspire some creative and fun suggestions for names from students, says Kim Haller, Midland County Parks & Recreation Director.
Letters were sent to each of the County's elementary schools inviting the students to participate in the name contest. The deadline for submitting entries is May 5. Contestants should be aware that the park attraction can't be named after an individual (s). The contest winner, to be determined by a selection committee, will receive a free admission permit to Sanford Lake Park for this summer and use of a picnic shelter to enjoy a free day at the park with family and friends. All 4th & 5th graders who submit an entry will receive a discount admission coupon. Limit one entry per student.
In addition to the County's largest spray park, the Sanford Lake Park upgrades include:
* New Beach Walkway
* New Floating Docks for Fishing and Mooring Boats
* Enhanced Boat Launch
* Design Improvements that Support Recreational Access for all
The project is supported largely through grants from local foundations and the Department of Natural Resources.
If your 4th or 5th grader wants to enter the contest and didn't get an entry form from their school, you can download one by clicking here. Entry forms may also be picked up at the County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth St.