The new splash pad
at Chesterton Park is proving enormously popular.
Bruce Mathias reported at the Park Boardís meeting last week, over the
course of any given day--itís open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.--a minimum of 150
are likely to visit it. And at any given time there could be 50 to 75 folks
in and around the pad.
definitely a learning curve involved in the use of the splash pad, Mathias
told the board, and staff is seeing two rules in particular--theyíre posted
on a sign at the Splash Zone--being frequently violated.
The first rule:
No toys, water balloons, squirt guns, buckets, or beach recreation equipment
may be brought onto the splash pad. They pose a tripping hazard and/or
injury threat to patrons, Mathias said. ďThe only thing allowed on the
splash pad is your body.Ē
The second rule:
No street shoes, bikes, skateboards, food, drinks, or glass may be brought
onto the splash pad. These can introduce bacteria into the water and
force the closure of the facility.
Mathias noted that
the water chemistry is tested twice a day, while a weekly water sample is
sent to a certified lab for bacterial analysis. The splash pad has tested
fine every day since its opening on July 5, Mathias said.
The water, Mathias
emphasized, is not potable and should under no circumstances be
drunk. ďItís chlorinated and treated with ultraviolet light per State Health
Department standards for pools and public splash pads,Ē he said.
In the highly
unlikely event a person shows up at the splash pad between 10 a.m. and 9
p.m. and itís not running, push one of the two touch pads at the top
of the orange posts at either the northeast or southwest corner of the pad.
The water will then run through the padís features for 22 minutes before
* Do not enter the
splash pad if you or your children feel ill or have had stomach issues in
the last 10 days.
* Children under 12
must be accompanied by an adult.
* Infants and
toddlers must wear a swim diaper covered by rubber pants with tight fitting
elastic around the waist and legs.
* Do not hang,
swing, climb, or pull any of the splash padís equipment.
* No soap, shampoo,
or bathing in the splash pad.
* No running,
horseplay, or profane language.
People use the
splash pad at their own risk.
The facility is
monitored by recorded video surveillance.