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Editorial: Splash pad is a project for the Albert Lea community

We have enjoyed watching the community come together thus far for the fundraising of Albert Lea’s new splash pad, which is slated to be installed in May.

As of this week, the community has given about $130,000 in monetary donations and in-kind labor out of a total project cost of about $160,000.

We appreciate those who have given in some fashion already, and encourage those who still want to contribute to do so.

The splash pad committee last week explored ideas for landscaping and fencing around the splash pad and are excited to see all of the hard work soon pay off. The splash pad will still be near the intersection of Broadway and Fountain Street, but the committee has decided to move it further west for safety reasons.

We think it will be a great attraction for people from our own community, as well as visitors.

If you’d still like to contribute in some fashion to the splash pad, tax-deductible donations can be made through the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, 1725 W. Main St., Albert Lea. Please write “Splash pad” in the memo line.

Donations are asked to be turned in by the end of April. Donors who contribute more than $100 will be recognized.

T-shirts and sweatshirts are still available for purchase at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau at the intersection of Clark Street and Broadway. These have been a huge success, and it is fun seeing them around town.

We also look forward to a fundraiser taking place April 6 in the Albert Lea High School auditorium.

Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Tribute will perform. This is something you don’t want to miss.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $13 for students and $18 for adults. At the door, they are $15 for students and $20 for adults.

All proceeds will go to the splash pad.

Let’s keep pushing to reach the $160,000 goal.