WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - While Woolmarket is known for its sports complexes and parks, Harrison County leaders are working to add more amenities to the growing community. On Friday, the county dedicated a new family attraction in Woolmarket, with help from more than 150 youngsters. The attraction will appeal to those who enjoy playing in the water.
Water, water everywhere and the little ones couldn't seem to get enough of it.
"I was like, oh, my gosh, I want to live here! This is so awesome! It was really fun," said seven-year-old Cole Thibodeaux.
"I thought it was awesome! Whenever I get into the water, I just fall in love with it," said seven-year-old Maddix Smith.
The Splash Pad is the latest addition to the Woolmarket Community Complex on old Woolmarket Road. More than 150-second graders from North Woolmarket Elementary and Woolmarket Elementary Schools got to splash around in it for their end-of-the-year field trip.
"It is so rewarding to see your work and then to see children that enjoy it. It is so exciting," said Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco.
The Splash Pad features timers that you can control to help conserve water, along with fiber optic lights that glow at night in different colors. Everything, the water guns, sprinklers, and buckets were designed and built by the county's Outside Buildings and Grounds Department.
"They've been building parks like this for about $200,000. We built ours for $10,000," said Rockco. "We want to be able to provide some type of entertainment for children to keep them out of trouble and keep them busy. This is a very populated area. Woolmarket is growing and growing and growing, so it's a great location."
No doubt, this new attraction will be a big part of the children's summer schedule.
"I think it's good. It's fun, something for them to do and it's not far from everyone's house. I think it's great," said Lekezia Clarke of Woolmarket.
"My parents, when we were coming to school today said, 'Yeah, we're going to the splash pad during the summer.' I was like, 'Thank you,'" said Cole.
"Some people say they go to New Orleans for the splash pad and they said they're not doing that anymore. They're coming right here," said Rockco. "How many times do you hear there's nothing to do for families, well there is a lot to do for families here in Harrison County and that will help tourism as well."
Next Friday, the county will dedicate a splash pad in Saucier. There are plans to build another one at Hiller Park in Biloxi.