Water park opens in honor of Mt. Juliet family's late daughter - WKRN News 2

Water park opens in honor of Mt. Juliet family's late daughter

Updated: July 26, 2013 9:01 PM
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

The city of Mt. Juliet's Parks & Recreation Department hosted "Splash Day" and the grand opening of Ava's Splash Pad on Saturday. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. with "Splash Day" activities afterward until 3 p.m.

The free event was open to the public and consisted of free play in the splash pad, inflatable water slides, an inflatable slip-n-slide, a dunking booth, a water gun area and more.

Ava's Splash Pad is a memorial tribute to Avalyn Shaye Bright, who passed away three years ago due to complications following a tonsillectomy.

The Avalyn Shaye Foundation, created by Ava's family, raised more than $80,000 to contribute to the splash pad.

Parks Manager Rocky Lee said, "Ava's Splash Pad is an amazing contribution to Charlie Daniels Park. It's an honor for us to celebrate what a wonderful child Ava was and to carry her memory on for her family and the community."

Water activities are recommended for ages five to 12, but everyone is welcome.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign a waiver in order to participate.

Click here for more information or contact the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 615-758-6522.

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