HIGH POINT, N.C., May 12, 2016 – The Carl Chavis YMCA in High Point hosted the grand opening of a Splash Park today, which will give children in the city of High Point a place to stay cool and be healthy this summer.
Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University president, announced last year that HPU would make the lead gift of $100,000 for the Splash Park to be built at the Carl Chavis YMCA. The university dedicated the Splash Park in honor of Carlvena Foster, executive director of the YMCA and a High Point University alumna.
“Our partnership with High Point University is so important,” said Foster at today’s grand opening. “It goes way beyond the Splash Park. High Point University students volunteer here; they offer nutrition classes for our kids; they work in our atmosphere and within our programs. They always call us to figure out what they can do to help and how they can bring their classes here to help out for a semester.”
Other organizations such as the High Point Community Foundation, the City of High Point, Molly Millis-Hedgecock Foundation, High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation Inc., Carolina Thomas, Vann York Auto Group, Davis Furniture, Jones and Peacock, North State Communications and Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, contributed to make the Splash Park at the Carl Chavis YMCA possible.
“It takes a village to make anything happen, no one person or organization can do it all,” said Qubein. “We have to pull together. We have to be one body to make good things happen. It warms my heart to see organizations that have stepped up to make this project happen. It’s amazing what happens when we collaborate, when we celebrate our differences. It is great when people come together and say ‘let’s move our city onward, forward and upward.’”
The Splash Park is an interactive, zero-depth water park designed for all ages. Activities include spraying, splashing, dumping and walk-through features.
As a part of the grand opening, children from the YMCA enjoyed the park for the first time.
“This place is so much fun,” said Zion Robinson. “It is so colorful and beautiful. I am involved in the after school program here and I can’t wait to come and play in this all the time to cool off and have fun.”