CORBIN — The proposed Corbin splash pad that was planned to be located on North Main Street is now set to be located across from Corbin City Hall on South Main Street.

The owner of the Economy Inn at 804 S. Main St. has donated the property to the City of Corbin for the home of the splash pad. Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel announced the donation from the owner of the property during Monday's Corbin City Commission meeting.

"[He] loves Corbin so much and wants to do something great for the community," she said. Kriebel kept the donor anonymous during Monday's meeting.

"We've discussed at length the many benefits that would go along with that," Kriebel said of the change of location from the original proposed location at the corner of North Main Street and Monroe Street to the lot where the Economy Inn currently sits.

Kriebel was happy with the location change because there will be more parking available, be directly across the street from the Corbin Police Department and Corbin Fire Department, and have the ability to expand. The lot is close to 12,000-square-feet.

"There's so many great reasons why that is a perfect piece of property including the enhancement of downtown and giving the visualization that downtown starts a little earlier than what people are thinking," Kriebel said. "We're elongating."

Mayor Suzie Razmus and the Corbin City Commission extended their gratitude for the donation.

City Manager Marlon Sams said there are a couple of stipulations that come with accepting the donation including that the City of Corbin would be responsible for the demolition. Sams said the Corbin Public Works Department may be able to do the demolition.

The owner of the property is in the works of splitting the deed as he will keep part of the property, but the majority will be given to the City of Corbin.

The commissioners unanimously approved a design last month by David Williams and Associates after discussing the options with Kriebel who helped gather the bids for the project. A train, railroad crossing and buckets that look like Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets are all highlights of the proposed design.

Many concerns have been brought up by community members about the splash pad being on Main Street. To address safety concerns there will be fencing to enclose the splash pad as well as a locked gate that can only be opened by a person above a certain height requirement.

State law requires the splash pad to have a restroom and changing facility which will be located at the entrance of the splash pad.

The total cost of the splash project is $150,000 to $200,000, according to Kriebel. The bid for the equipment from DWA was $70,903.84. A second bid will consist of the other requests for the restrooms and changing facilities, concrete work, fencing, shading, etc.

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