Braintree splash pad opens at end of month

July 22, 2013 by  

At the end of July, the town of Braintree will become the home to a 4,000 square foot water play area in Watson Park, with sprinkler hoses surrounded by a chain link fence.

The splash pad, as it will be known, is being built in memory of tugboat captain August Petersen from East Braintree. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing will be used to announce the opening day cookout on July 28 that will be hosted by Joseph Sullivan, the mayor of the town.

According to Sullivan, everyone should try it out, as he believes it will be a very exciting place to enjoy the summer months. He calls it Braintree’s “little piece of Disney World”.

The original completion date for the splash was June, but there were delays in the pouring of the concrete. The weather last month was somewhat inclement and the ground needed to dry out before the concrete could be poured.

In addition to the splash pad, it is expected that a community skating rink will be opened at Braintree High School in the spring or summer of 2014, which will be followed by the Petersen Pool. Petersen’s will, from 1963, created a fund for the design, construction, and maintenance of the rink and pool complex, and $500,000 of the $2m in the fund will be used to install and maintain the splash pad.

Sullivan commented that these projects have been long in coming, with doubts from the community that they would ever get done, but he wanted to make sure that they were done right in the spirit of Petersen’s will.