The splash tower in King Jack Park is an unofficial cooling center. The official ones are at the library and senior citizens center.

A good dousing is the remedy for 100-degree days

If you need to cool off while high temps hover around 100 for a couple of weeks, there’s no better place to be than the splash pad in King Jack Park.

Official cooling centers are:

  • Webb City Public Library
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.
    8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues., Thurs.
    Closed Sunday
  • Webb City Senior Citizens Center
    8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Located at the 10th Street entrance by the large playground, the splash pad is open 9 a.m. to sunset daily through September. And it’s FREE.

Philanthropist Jim Dawson provided the splash pad and adjacent pavilions partly as a tribute to the railroads that were instrumental to the growth of Webb City. He’s also credited with a recent upgrade of the splash pad. Parks workers have also replaced the decals and touched up the splash tower, which was originally donated by the Webb Corp.

Look for the replica caboose to be moved to the front of the park by the streetcar depot and barn. It’s often vandalized where it is now. It will be lit and better seen at the new location.

Josh and Maveryck Waters brace themselves before getting doused.

The city’s largest playground, the splash pad and two pavilions are located at the 10th Street entrance to King Jack Park.