Construction of the Cheyenne Depot Plaza splash pad is still on hold.
Project managers announced in June the Splash Pad groundbreaking was set for the day after Cheyenne Frontier Days; however, this month an unexpected infrastructure complication has set the project back further. Mayor Marrian Orr mentioned this project has unearthed some of the oldest infrastructure in downtown Cheyenne which this means upgrading old pipelines, meeting new regulations, and acquiring new permits to work on the site. According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s August 9th article, the splash pad is designed to have two drainage lines, one flowing to the sanitary sewer and one to the storm sewers. Running this underground piping means constructing a manhole and expanding the line to meet regulatory standards. The installation of a manhole and sanitary line would come at an additional cost for the project. The pad was projected to cost $500,000 and close to $300,000 of this was raised through donations. Mayor Orr mentioned these expenses were not budgeted, and finding the money will delay the project further.
In the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Article, Jill Pope, director of operations for Visit Cheyenne, shared that projects encounter setbacks and delays. “Water treatment is important,” Pope said. “We’re disappointed that there’s a delay, but we want to do this right the first time. We’ll take the time to do this right and keep the project moving as swiftly as possible.”