STEAP Grant Awarded for Splash Pad

STEAP Grant Awarded for Splash Pad and Community Pool Enhancements
Posted on 10/02/2023
The Town of Cheshire is pleased to announce that its submission to the State of Connecticut’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) was selected for funding in the amount of $500,000 for enhancements to the Cheshire Community Pool.  

This grant funding will enable the Town to replace the indoor kiddie pool and to install an exciting outdoor splash pad area.  The outdoor splashpad is envisioned to be located immediately adjacent to the western side of the pool structure and serve as an amenity of the Cheshire Community Pool.  Town Council Chairman Tim Slocum said, “This is truly wonderful news.  It’s really the frosting on the cake for the Bartlem Park Project and the Community Pool.  We know how much our residents are looking forward to this, I couldn’t be happier.” 

The Town will be retaining a design professional to complete the design with anticipated construction to commence in 2024.  “Including a splash pad area was one of the most frequent requests we received during the Bartlem Park South community engagement process,” said Town Manager Sean Kimball.  “We are thrilled to be adding this feature and replacing the indoor kiddie pool, at a significantly reduced cost to Town taxpayers.  This project will be a great addition to the already exciting work underway in the park.”

Cheshire was among 60 Connecticut small towns to share in $24.5 million dollars in State funding earmarked by Governor Ned Lamont. The STEAP grant program is managed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) to provide funding to small towns for economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life capital projects. 

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