Traverse City officials OK $300K splash pad settlement

Associated Press

Traverse City — Traverse City commissioners have accepted a $300,000 settlement that should end a dispute stemming from the $2.9 million renovation of a splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children in 2013.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports commissioners on Monday approved the settlement following a closed session without offering any public comment. City Manager Marty Colburn says they’ll “move forward” after the agreement.

Details of the settlement weren’t immediately released.

City officials said the renovation by Hamilton Anderson Associates was plagued by multiple design flaws. The worst problem was a direct connection between the city sewer system and the splash pad that caused human waste-tainted water to flow from the fountains at Clinch Park.

Since 2013, the city and Hamilton Anderson have been working to resolve the dispute.