HACKENSACK, N.J. — There is officially a new place to cool off in Hackensack.
Mayor John Labrosse, city officials and dozens of local children gathered eagerly to officially open the brand-new Carver Park splash pad Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The splash pad — which will remain open for the rest of the summer — is the second of three planned for the city, with one already open in Second Ward Park and another planned for the Fairmount area.
"It's so exciting to see plans take shape and turn an underutilized area into a place like this splash pad where children in our community can enjoy the summer and have fun," Labrosse said.
"We are all very proud to give our local kids a great place to cool off and enjoy the season and we hope that the splash pad will provide enjoyment for years to come."
Construction on the project began in March and primary work was completed last month.
A lifeguard will monitor the area, which can accommodate up to 100 children at a time and will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Water in the splash pad is recycled through a drainage system, treated and reused.
The project also included a new public bathroom structure and the total cost was $650,000.
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