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Town Considers Plan for a Splash Park [VIDEO]

Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper is reviewing preliminary plans for a splash park for toddlers.

Maintenance workers recently learned that chlorine tablets with high concentrations of calcium were causing closings due to at the Wolfe Park Pool. But had been caused by toddlers vomiting and going to the bathroom in the water. Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper is now considering a plan for a splash park to cut down on such accidents.

The splash park would be in the lawn area outside the fence by the deep end of the pool. When the town built a new pool two years ago, the kiddie pool was eliminated, but piping was installed in the grassy area to accommodate a splash park.

"The plan was always to have something over there," Cooper said Tuesday.

Rain Drop Products LLC, an Ashland, Ohio firm, designed a splash park proposal that is under review. There currently is no official cost estimate, but Cooper said his best guess is between $100,000 and $150,000.

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The company calls it a "sprayground" and it would be a cement area with water shooting up from it. A YouTube video of the design proposed for Wolfe Park is included with this story.

A Safer Alternative

Cooper said Wolfe Park's pool is sloped, so children ages three and four walking from the low end can soon find themselves completely underwater at the four-foot mark.

"The majority of our water rescues take place in that area because it slopes down," he said. "All it takes is a little distraction and junior's in trouble."

A splash park offers a safer option, according to Cooper.

"With this you don't have to know how to swim, obviously," he said. "The kids just want to get wet and cool off and their parents want them to cool off in a safe environment. The threat of drowning and serious injury goes away."

Once solid cost estimates are in place, Cooper will present a plan to the town in hopes of funding a splash park that could open in time for next season.

"Given some of the issues we've had this summer, I don't think anyone would think it's a bad idea," he said. "I think people would agree it's a good thing for the kids, and that's what this is for."

jim laguardia August 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
so you "know" 7 year olds poop in the pool.... and that closing chalk hill was needed, but you dont know anything about the budget or legal fees?? your range of knowledge makes me worry about what you do with your free time....
Wolfe August 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Jim, I agree with the IDEA of a splash pad, but not at cost of $100,000 to $150,000. When does the spending end? Qwerty made a good point----for $50 you could buy a hose, a sprinkler and/or a small blow-up pool for your backyard. I went to Wolfe Park twice this summer. Both times I went, the deep end of the pool was closed due to people peeing and pooping in the pool. What we have to do is keep the little kids out. They are the ones who are making the mess (from what I hear). And a splash pad is great idea for doing that......but it won't happen if people continue to rant and rave about every trivial little thing. I can not believe the comments being hurled at you on here, Jim. But spending that much money just is not feasible at this time.
jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Wolfe the deep end was closed due to clorine tablets that's the latest news report.... And like I said I am for painting lines in the pool that would be less expensive then a splash zone... My problem is people saying that kids under 8 should not be allowed, or that "they" should stay home
Joel Leneker August 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
@Jim Laguardia: It is not up to you to question my knowledge nor to worry about how I spend my free time. Please let's limit the comments to the issue.
jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Sure.

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