Rotary clubs to provide $150K for splash pad at Morristown Landing

The Noon Rotary Club and Rotary AM Club joined forces and provided a $150,000 donation to the city of Morristown Tuesday to help construct a splash pad at Morristown Landing, once it is constructed.

The Morristown City Council voted 7-0 to enter a memorandum of understanding with the two clubs as they raise the money for the construction.

“Rotary has been a longtime sponsor of recreational activities in Morristown and this is another example,” said Mayor Gary Chesney.

He said this project will help highlight more of the attractiveness of Morristown Landing, which is set to open to the public next year.

The council, along with members of the audience, burst into applause after the vote.

According to the agreement, the clubs will sponsor the splash pad and over the next two years will raise money for the project.

As part of the agreement, the city agrees to display the Rotary symbol in the center of the splash pad.

City records show the money could fund the splash pad partially. City officials did not provide a cost estimate of the splash pad construction.

The council also voted 7-0 to begin designs on a road improvement project at Thompson Creek Road and East Morris Boulevard.

The road is being widened due to potential growth in the area.

Councilmembers questioned city administrators last month about the project, asking whether the road would impact any of the property of Frank Lorino Park, which sits adjacent to Thompson Creek Road.

Councilmember Kay Senter asked Tuesday about the design plans.

“Will we have a chance to see whether it will go over the park?” she asked.

Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox said the council will have a chance to see the plans before any decisions are made. Many officials are concerned the adjacent tennis courts at Frank Lorino Park could be affected by road construction.

The tennis courts serve as the only courts in the county where high school teams are able to compete.

The council also voted 7-0 to transfer management of the Farmer’s Market from Crossroads Downtown to the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce. Crossroads Downtown folded in January.