The City Council cut the splash pad from Mayor John Dickert's capital budget last week, but will still spend most of the money on parks.
After cutting the $330,000 splash pad, which the mayor had planned for Racine's inner city, the council voted to spend $225,000 to improve four city parks; it will save the remaining $105,000.
The parks improvements include:
* Humble Park, 2218 Blaine Ave. The city will spend $125,000 on new doors and windows for the community center, and spend money on new playground equipment.
* Pierce Woods Park, 3616 Pierce Blvd., located next door to Humble Park, will receive new playground equipment.
* Solbraa Park, 3825 16th St., will get new playground equipment. This is in Alderman Jim Spangenberg's district.
* Washington Park, 2920 Washington Ave., will receive new playground equipment. This is in Alderman Mike Shields' district.
City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Donnie Snow said the city would spend about $100,000 on the playground equipment for all four parks. They'll all have basic swingsets, slides and diggers and be built on a sand base. They won't resemble the new Lockwood Park playground, which had a rubberized base.
"It's just too expensive to do all of our playgrounds like Kids Cove or Lockwood," Snow said.
The parks equipment and repairs were all in the parks department's five-year capital improvement plan, Snow said. The council's actions accelerated the projects to this year, which will free up money later, he said.
Snow said the proposed splash pad will probably be included in a capital improvement budget, possibly next year.
The council voted last week as a Committee of the Whole to remove the splash pad from Dickert's budget and add the new parks equipment. The council is scheduled to finalize the budget on Tuesday night.