Chillicothe children get new place to play

By John Kendall

May 12, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- The children of Chillicothe now have a new place to play.

On Saturday, park district officials dedicated the new Santa Fe Park Splash Pad. After the ceremony, local kids were invited to test out the new equipment.

Chillicothe Park District invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars into the project, and those behind the project say it was important that the finished product honor Chillicothe's rich train heritage.

"We decided on a train theme with it being Santa Fe Park in Chillicothe having a train heritage, and that's exactly what we did," said Mike Krost, Park District President. "We've honored the people who use to work for the railroads in this town, and also people who still do work for railroads."

Workers brought in nearly 40,000 pounds of soil to complete the project.

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