OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday morning, a lot of splashes and laughs were shared at a new park located in North Omaha.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at one of the pavilions at Levi Carter Park. The Kids Can Community Center took a field trip to the new splash pad and playground.
"It's just awesome," said Kid's Can manager John Brady. "Its a place for kids to come out and have fun, its free."
Children and even adults splashed around, cooling off in the summer heat.
Councilman Ben Gray says the planning for the renovations began a couple of years ago. The park transformation has been approximately a year's long process.
"There was a fire here and a lot of things while they weren't destroyed they were badly damaged and so we had to do some work in the pavilion area and restroom area first." Gray said. "People are going to be able to come back and enjoy that same great time in a much much needed renovation."
The splash pad and playground cost $1.2 million dollars. Most of that, the city says, came from donations.
Brady expresses how grateful he is for the fun and free place to take his students.
"I just think its an extra place for parents and kiddos to have a safe place to hang out and have fun," Brady said. "There's not enough of them around here."
People of all ages are brought together with this exciting new area.
"The Levi Carter splashground and the playground will provide many years of enjoyment to the young and also those young to heart," Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said.