The Y officially broke ground for the Splash Pad on Friday, taking the first step towards the most unique project to come from the Y's 150th anniversary capital campaign. In 2017, the campaign raised $1.35 million for three special projects and support of the Y's cancer survivor program.
The Y's capital campaign was supported by a number of local donors, including $85,000 from the Hire Family Foundation and $50,000 or more from the Justine Sterkel Fund, the Richland County Foundation and half a dozen other organizations. The Hire Family Foundation has another special connection with the Splash Pad Park. Rain Drop Products, an Ashland manufacturer of children's aquatic play equipment, employs a Hire family member that will be working on the same equipment that the Y will receive.