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Splash pad ribbon-cutting to be in early June

Cary Ashby • Apr 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt provided council members with a brief update Tuesday on the Ernsthausen Community Center going to 24-hour access, which started March 1.

Wendt said there have been 600 applications and generally up to 30 users each night with no major incidents and only a few minor disciplinary issues.

Also, the safety-service director said the Huron County Fund has awarded Norwalk a $2,000 grant for an outdoor shower and foot-sprayer at the new Ernsthausen splash pad. Wendt also told council that the splash pad is expected to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony — called the First Splash Event — in early June, which would be about a week after the outdoor pool opens. The 40-foot-by-80-foot aquatic recreation area will be east of the zero-depth entry for the pool.

Wendt said the installation for the big fans in the Ernsthausen aquatic center should be later this month or early May. The $27,000 fans, which are part of a NOPEC grant, have an estimated seven-year return-on-investment with a 15-year full warranty.

In addition, Mayor Rob Duncan praised the residents who put up and took down the American flags “in record time” for the homecoming of Lt. Col. Dave Ditz, who returned Saturday from his sixth and final deployment with the U.S. Army.

Ditz, a Norwalk police officer, has been to Iraq (2004), Kuwait (2007), Afghanistan (2010 and 2013) and New York (2015). He returned to Afghanistan last year.

Duncan said residents also put up banners welcoming Ditz, who was given a police escort. A banner proclaiming “Welcome home Dave” is above the entrance to the police station and Norwalk Municipal Court building.

“He was very humbled and appreciative of that,” Duncan said.

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