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Chaloner splash pad will top city's Reynolds application

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A splash pad and spray park for Chaloner Recreation center will be the first priority in an application for funds made to the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Director John Simeon told city council this evening he plans to submit the application in February.

Council, with Carol Cowen absent, unanimously accepted the Highway 158 masterplan which targets improvements at Chaloner Recreation Center, Wheeler Park and Martin Luther King Park.

The improvements in the Highway 158 corridor were subject to a stakeholders meeting in October.

That forum came after council determined in August its funding options for a new pool at Chaloner were all but exhausted.

Part of the plan includes removing the failing pool at the recreation center and replacing it with a splash pad.

Simeon said after the meeting he was not yet sure how much the funding request would be.

Meanwhile this evening Judge Alma Hinton swore in Mayor Emery Doughtie and council members Suetta Scarbrough and Wayne Smith. The three ran unopposed in the November municipal election.

In another matter council elected Carl Ferebee as mayor pro tem.

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