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Splash pad coming to Patton Park

At its Jan. 5 meeting Hendersonville City Council voted to locate a future community splash pad at Patton Park.

The splash pad project has been a priority of both Mayor Pro Tem Lyndsey Simpson and council member Jennifer Hensley and was supported unanimously by the City Council.

In honor of the Kiwanis Club’s 100th anniversary, the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club is partnering with the city of Hendersonville to raise funds for the community splash pad.

“The Hendersonville Kiwanis Club is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time,” Kiwanis President Ty Keplinger said. “Our club is very excited about the opportunity to partner with the leaders of our community to make this splash pad possible not only for the kids and families that are here today but for the families that will one day call Hendersonville their home.”

According to City Manager John Connet, Hensley has been looking for the best location to install a community splash pad since before her election in 2019. Simpson joined the crusade in 2020 and elicited the support of the Kiwanis Club. Without the leadership of these two council members, the placement of the splash pad at Patton Park would not have been approved.

The kiddie pool area at Patton Park needs replacement and constructing a splash pad near the existing pool infrastructure has the potential to substantially lower the cost of installation. These factors in addition to Patton Park being a widely used community space led the council to direct the Public Works Department to begin the design process.

Additional information on the Kiwanis Club’s fundraising efforts is available at