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New Mt. Juliet Splash Pad To Honor Ava Bright

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by Emily Luxen

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – A mother's quest to honor her late little girl has resulted in a new addition for the city of Mt. Juliet. Ava's Splash Pad will open this weekend.

It's been a labor of love for one Mt. Juliet family, but their persistence and hard work is about to result in a moving tribute to their late daughter.

The splash pad will open Saturday at Charlie Daniels Park – the result of countless fundraisers, grant money, and support from the community.

"After I saw how much love was in everyone's hearts and how much I loved Ava, I didn't want that love to die. I wanted to reinvest it in the community," said Krista Bright, Ava's mom.

Three years ago, Ava Bright passed away at the age of 2 after complications following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy. Still grieving, her mom started the Avalyn Shaye Foundation with the goal of raising money to build a splash pad in Ava's honor.

"She loved the water," said Krista Bright. "I think this is something that Mt. Juliet really needs."

The almost 4,000 square foot splash pad is the largest in the Southeast United States. It features misters, sprayers, geysers, and plenty of other features Ava would have loved.

"We have strawberries and blueberries that shoot water because those were her favorite things to eat," said Bright. "We've got a monkey and tiger over there because she loved going to the zoo."

The park cost around $350,000 to build. The Bright family raised money with the help of two 5K runs that yielded $80,000, and grant money from Waterplay solutions.

"I feel like everyone has come together to make this happen," said Bright.

As the finishing touches are placed on the park, Bright hoped it would be somewhere Mt. Juliet children will play and cool off for years to come.

"I think Ava is looking down and saying ‘good job. I love it,'" said Bright.

The official ribbon cutting for Ava's Splash Pad has been scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. It will be held in conjunction with the city of Mt. Juliet's annual "Splash Day," and there will be plenty of water activities for kids.

For more information on the Avalyn Shaye Foundation, visit their Facebook page

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