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The new splash pad is fun and popular, but know the rules

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The new splash pad at Chesterton Park is proving enormously popular.

As Superintendent 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.

But thereís 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 turning off.

Other rules:

* 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.


Posted 8/7/2017




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