Children from Clovis KinderCare day care were the first to play and enjoy the water in the Splash Park. Photos by Frank Lopez
Written by Frank Lopez
Chukchansi Park unveiled its “Splash Park presented by Community Medical Centers” area Wednesday — the latest capital improvement to the stadium.
The unveiling commenced with opening words from Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Media Relations Manager Paul Braverman, followed by speeches from Grizzlies President Derek Franks, Mayor Lee Brand, and CEO of Community Medical Centers Craig Wagoner.
Children from Clovis KinderCare day care center were also present to be the first to play and enjoy the water in the Splash Park, which is right beyond the right field wall, allowing kids to still get a good view of the field.
“We looked at what were the needs of the ball park to modernize Chukchansi Park and really take it to the next couple of decades of family fun,” Franks said. “One of the things that was clearly missing from this ball park was a modern kids attraction for families.”
The “Splash Park,” a $1.3 million expansion for the stadium, covers 2,200 square feet and required 3 seating sections to be removed, just over 1,000 seats, to make room for the splash area. It will be free of charge and available for children to enjoy with a ticket.
With other updates including the left field “Fresno Social” bar area, the Grizzlies ownership group has invested about $3.4 million, making it the largest expansion since the park has been built.
There is also a dry area for children to play in, with a talking Grizzly Bear stature in the center. The entire area is covered by protective netting to provide safety in case of a home run.
“On behalf of the Community Medical Centers, I just want to share how excited we are to be a part of the Splash Park and all the family focused enjoyment at Chukchansi Park,” Wagoner said. “Mayor Brand and the other leaders of the city of Fresno, we understand that there is a real need to provide an open community with experiences like these, right here where we live and where we work.”