Ava's Splash Pad ready to be unveiled

Ava Shaye Bright loved nothing more than to splash, and now her legacy will live ion in Mt. Juliet. Her mother Krista said Ava didn't care if it was a fancy pool, at the shores of the lake, or in puddles of rain. A common childhood surgery cut short Ava's life on March 21, 2010 when she was j...
Jul 26, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Lebanon Democrat

Ava's Splash Pad is two years in the making. It will open Saturday in Mt. Juliet.

Ava Shaye Bright loved nothing more than to splash, and now her legacy will live ion in Mt. Juliet.

Her mother Krista said Ava didn't care if it was a fancy pool, at the shores of the lake, or in puddles of rain.

A common childhood surgery cut short Ava's life on March 21, 2010 when she was just 2 years old. Something horrible went wrong after what was to be a simple tonsillectomy. Since that time, Krista and others in the community have planned a splash park in Ava's honor. 

On Saturday, the splash pad will officially open with a ceremony and a splash day planned by the city of Mt. Juliet.

"The pad is almost 100 percent complete," said Parks Director Rocky Lee. "We have our fingers crossed things will be ready Saturday. The rain has hampered us."

The splash pad is 4,000 square feet and will have a vast array of sprinklers.

Lee said city officials decided to make a "day" of introducing the public to the new splash pad. There will be five inflatable "bouncers," water slides and slip-and-slides.

"We will have a dunking booth as well," said Lee. 

Krista's friend Jennifer Hamblin has worked along with Krista to make the splash pad a reality. 

"It's really nice to see three years of hard work come to fruition in Ava's honor," said Hamblin. "And, it's for all the kids in the community."

A "memorial" walkway is also planned. Members of the community can buy a brick and have it engraved with a loved one's name. They are available for up to $100. The money raised goes into the splash pad budget.

Krista said she did not want Ava to be remembered for her tragic story, but rather in a positive and happy light.

"And, I knew I didn't want her name forgotten," said Krista.

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