Private money funds Paris’ splash park

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PARIS, Ill. (WTHI) An Illinois community is banding together to bring a new recreation center to its town. But get this, the more than $200,000 project won’t cost taxpayers a dime.

If you look out over the Twins Lakes Park, it’s not hard to see it once sat as the centerpiece for the town of Paris Illinois.

“We had an amusement park, we had rides, we had Ferris wheels we had the beach open,” Paris mayor Craig Smith said. “We are trying to return this park back to the way it was in the 60s and 70s.”

The miniature golf course, the play grounds, and the beach are all a return to the old days. But a new project has the kids in the town really excited for summer.

“A splash park is something where anybody can come,” Jane Blair a member of the committee for a Paris Splash Park said. “Those in wheel chairs can come. It will be handicap accessible. It will have lights and teens in the evening can have activities here. ”

This week the groundbreaking took place for the new Paris splash park. Jane Blair was there following the lead of her friend Carolyn Brown-Hodge. Brown-Hodge worked tirelessly to make this possible through donations.

“We appreciated every donation because every donation showed interest,” Blair explained. “I am sure there are probably 200 donors if not more.”

While the splash park will cost over $200,000, that won’t be the price tag for the city and tax payers.

“Its all privately donated money,” the mayor said. “Not any from tax dollars. Not any from the government. We’d like to say this is a project that can be done without government help.”

Blair said Carolyn Brown-Hodge called donors daily for months to get the project up and going. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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