Fundraising continues for a splash pad project at the Stoico/FirstFed YMCA in Swansea. The $600,000 project has been three years in the making, but the finish line is now in sight.

Stephanie Mancini and Ray Prevost of YMCA Southcoast joined Townsquare Sunday this week to report on the project and share how you can get involved.

"Three years ago, we teamed up with some of our key volunteers and decided to build the splash pad to give the public a place where they can come down with their kids during the summer and cool off," Mancini said.

The Splash Pad will be open to YMCA members, summer campers including campers from Fall River, guests and summer memberships.

Prevost oversees facilities for the YMCA. He's hoping to see the splash pad up and running by early June.

"The process right now has really jumped into high gear," he said. "The pad is poured, all the equipment is there, the property is being graded right now, so I don't see any issues with the splash pad being operational by June 1."

Mancini said the Y has raised more than $400,000 so far, thanks to some large donations, but they're banking on help from the general public as well.

Mancini said engraved bricks featuring the donor's name are now being sold for $150 apiece.

"It's a great way leave a legacy of your support," she said. "The brick will be part of a permanent walkway to and from the splash pad."

Anyone interested in purchasing a brick or making any form of donation can visit the YMCA"s splash pad page for more info.

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