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Splash Pad perfect spot to cool off

By Melissa Crowe
Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.

Ava Escalona, 3, plays in a fountain at the Lone Tree Creek Splash Pad.

• WHAT: Lone Tree Creek Park Splash Pad

• WHERE: 4009 E. Airline Road, Victoria

• HOURS: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

• COST: Free

• RULES: Bathing suits, swim trunks and swim diapers are required. No pool toys, glass or alcohol allowed inside the facility.

When temperatures start creeping on 90 degrees, Lone Tree Creek Splash Pad is the place to be.

The $1 million splash pad, 4009 E. Airline Road, had its grand opening to the public this summer, and since April, it has been the hot spot to cool off.

About 40 children and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins spent the afternoon at the splash pad on Flag Day.

Casi Hencerling, 26, brought her two children, Zacharyas, 5, and Alana, 3, to let them burn some energy.

Zacharyas spent the day playing with the park's features, where the water squirts and falls from Water Weaves, the Tidal Barrel, Fill'N' Spill and Spin-Brella.

"I like to play in it all day," he said.

By mid-June, the family had already spent four afternoons at the new splash pad.

"You don't have to pay admission; you can bring your own healthy snacks," Hencerling said. "The kids just have an all-out good time."

The 2,500-square-foot splash pad targets toddlers to 12-year-olds.

While admission is free, reserving the splash pad for a special event costs $200.

The 4,000-gallon facility is part of Lone Tree Creek Park, which also includes five baseball practice fields, a football field and a soccer field.

Amber Charles, 28, brought her four children to the splash pad for the first time June 14.

"This summer, we don't want to just sit inside and watch TV or play video games," she said.

They brought an ice chest filled with drinks and cold cuts to stay energized for the afternoon.

"I like it," she said. "They're having a blast just running around."

Because her children are not strong swimmers, she said she feels safer going to the splash pad rather than the municipal pool.

"I like that it's all above ground," she said.

For such a fun afternoon, Charles said she is amazed by how little they spent.

"If you have more than one kid, a water park can add up quick," Charles said. "This is free to come to."

She said she is already planning their next afternoon at the splash pad.

"I think the kids will be bugging me after this to come back," she said.

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