Soak up the sun at final weekend of splash pad

A maintenance crew is working on a plumbing problem Friday morning while a few visitors hoping to enjoy some water look on.

All good things must come to an end.

That will be the case at Energy Capital Park in Gillette this weekend as the first summer run of the widely popular splash pad draws to a close. The water stops flying at 6 pm on Sunday.

There was a bit of confusion during Thursday afternoon’s football games as a handful of youngsters hoped to do some crazy jumps through the water to cool off while their siblings competed on the gridiron, but the splash pad was dry.

“There was a minor maintenance problem with part of the plumbing late yesterday,” said Geno Palazzari, city communications manager. “It was nearing the end of the day, so it was too late to get the word out. It will be operational before the final weekend, no worries.”

There were some nagging issues on Friday morning as a few kids were enjoying all the park has to offer. By noon, a maintenance crew was on site working to supply water to the equipment and hoped that everything would be back up and running within an hour.

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Nevertheless, the splash pad will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend to provide some fun and relaxation during the final summer weekend during the football games.

While the playground provides year-round fun, the splash pad takes a winter break. If city officials have their way and there are no bumps along the way, the splash pad could be bigger and better than ever when it reopens in late spring.

Last week, the City Council approved continuing with an immediate expansion of the splash pad to address concerns that the facility was often full and sometimes overcrowded during the first summer. The project would more than double the current size of the splash pad.

Pending any delays in bids and construction work, the expansion could be ready early next summer.

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