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Watering holes help in drive to build splash pad

It hasn’t been a year yet, but the drive to raise money to build a free Denton splash park is nearing its first goal: $10,000.

Two easy fundraisers are coming up to make it to $10,000 (or more). You can treat yourself to one of the big cinnamon rolls slathered with glaze from Royal’s Bagels, 503 W. University Drive, any time on Saturday and see 10 percent of the sale go to the splash park fund.

Or you can hoist a cold one at Oak Street Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor, 308 E. Oak St., on Monday. The popular bar — which was just voted Best Bar, Best Patio and Best Beer Selection in the Record-Chronicle’s Best of Denton readers’ poll — will donate 10 percent of sales on Monday to the fund. Jupiter House Coffee will have a fundraiser on May 17 for Denton’s caffeine-and-muffin crowd.

Denton resident Amber Briggle, a mom of two, launched a fundraiser late last summer after Texas temperatures did their thing and daily highs hovered around 100 degrees for months. With the green light of the Denton Parks Foundation and a thumbs-up from Denton Parks & Recreation, Briggle and a group of local moms started plotting fundraisers for a community splash pad.

Emerson Vorel, the director of the parks department, crunched the numbers and said a basic splash pad — a simple cement pad ringed with water jets — would cost $200,000. When the effort started last August, the fundraising team hoped to raise $100,000 to get the project on the city’s planning schedule.

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— Lucinda Breeding