Expansion to more than double the size of the splash pad at Burns Park in Kingston Springs is expected to be completed in early December.
According to Kingston Springs Parks and Recreation Director Brandy Miniat, the expansion, which began in October, will cost approximately $425,000. The town will pay $100,000 and the remaining $325,000 came from a donation by The Jake Owen Foundation, founded by country music artist and Kingston Springs resident Jake Owen.
The park was built in 1998, and the splash pad was added in 2003. The expansion project will increase the splash pad to approximately 2,200 feet from 900 feet.
Miniat said the park and splash pad are used not only by Kingston Springs residents, but people from South Cheatham and surrounding areas as well. There is no charge to use the park or splash pad.
According to a video posted on Owen’s Instagram page last June, the singer was playing golf in Kingston Springs when he saw Kingston Springs commissioner Glenn Remick. According to the video, Owen asked Remick how his foundation could help the town, and Remick mentioned the splash pad.
Owen then organized a golf tournament to raise the funds for the donation.
Owen said in the video that the purpose of his foundation, which he founded in 2010, is “to help people in the places they call home.”