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Fourth of July


July 9, 2020

As the first Splash Day commenced, kids of all ages congregated at Waters Park to enjoy a hot Friday afternoon playing in the water and demonstrating their appreciation for the new playground equipment completed just in time for the party.

Councilwoman Kristi Speed cheerily described the success of this new venture, “I’d say there are about 40 kids and there were more earlier; we’ve had a lot of big kids, too. This is the great part, moms and dads are playing, too!”

As many took a few moments under the shade of the canopies, many kids were splashing and cavorting in the water tanks filled with toys in the sun. Throughout the afternoon, guests crossed from the park to The Reservoir to grab a hot dog and chips before heading back for more fun.

The wieners, chips and soda that the restaurant cooked and served for free were donated by Paradise Foods. The Pine Haven Recreation Board purchased the ice, another neighbor contributed the slushy syrups and cups and Speed with husband Harley served the cold treats.

Speed also bought the water toys for the event and rec board president Marla and husband Kieth McKibben, with assistance from friends decorated Waters Park for the event.

As Speed watched kids clamber about the new slide set, she couldn’t hold her enthusiasm back: “I’m ecstatic with the turnout!”

Later, along the banks of Keyhole Reservoir as the sun made its way across the evening sky, people from Crook County and beyond were finding space to park and make room for tailgates, camp chairs and blankets on land as well as boats on the water to watch the annual display of bright and colorful pyrotechnics hosted by the Pine Haven Volunteer Fire Department.

Laughter, talking and music could be heard until the light of the day diminished and a quieter mood fell over the crowd as everyone prepared for the show. While no count was taken after 8 p.m., Pine Haven EMT Barb Harding noted the high number of guests and commends their generosity.

This event is the department’s largest fundraiser each year, paying for much-needed protective equipment and upgrades as well as next year’s fireworks.


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