Fourth of July Splash will go on as planned despite early morning fire
Despite an early morning fire at Lake Meridian Park on Southeast 272nd, Mayor Dana Ralph said, “The show must go on.” The fire severely damaged the newly-remodeled restroom/lifeguard building and drinking fountains, but the Kent Parks staff is working hard to get the park ready for Fourth of July Splash, a popular summer celebration.
For the time being, Lake Meridian Park will not have lifeguards on staff, and the city will bring in portable restrooms to temporarily replace the park’s restrooms for Splash on July 4 and the summer concert series which begins July 12. The city does not have an estimate for when services will be fully restored.
Thanks to the quick action of Puget Sound Fire, no other damage was done to the park. The beach, docks, boat launch, shelters and playground are all intact and fully operational for the public’s enjoyment this summer. Puget Sound Fire confirmed the cause of the fire was arson, and they are investigating the incident.
The fun begins at noon next Wednesday, and will include food booths, bouncy houses, giant Jenga, games, photo booth, pie-eating contest, T-Bird puck and shoot, Republic Services’ recycling activity, and live music and entertainment. This great day of family fun ends with a spectacular fireworks finale around 10:15 p.m.
“We are disappointed that someone would deliberately destroy a park structure, but we aren’t going to let one person ruin our fun,” said Mayor Dana Ralph. “Thousands of residents look forward to the Fourth of July Splash each year, and we are going to make sure it is a fabulous day for local families to celebrate our country’s independence!”
Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more details about the city or Fourth of July Splash, visit KentWA.gov.