ABILENE, Texas -

Kids of all ages will be excited this summer. On Thursday, the Abilene City Council approved putting a splash park in Abilene.

The 2,920 square-foot splash pad, free of charge, will be located in Nelson Park.

The proposal calls for a water park that can accommodate up to 250 people.

The city of Abilene will contribute $40,000 to the project, which also has additional private funds that have been raised.

In 2011, the Together 2011 Committee raised 96 percent of the cost. The total cost of the project is $640,000.

The Together 2011 Committee, led by Laura Moore, raised close to $600,000 from the community for this splash park.

Moore said the council has been behind her every step of the way.

The park will be constructed by Kraftsman Commercial Playground. The company has constructed similar splash pads all over Texas, including Amarillo, Longview, Trophy Club, Rockwall, Fort Stockton, Crowley and Temple.

The splash pad should be open by July. The preliminary plan calls for the park to be open for six months in the warmer months but closed during winter months.

Over a six-month period, the park will require $15,000 in water costs.

"We'll have a grand opening in July, and we'll do a lot of publicity," Moore said. "We really will look to see the community come out to celebrate the opening."

The park is free for anyone in the community.