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Splashpad brings more water to Lighthouse Beach

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Brantly Janak, 3, watches a spout of water as he runs through it at the Port Lavaca Splashpad.

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• Who: Lighthouse Beach Splash Pad

• What: Almost 2,700 square feet with 14 play features

• Where: Lighthouse Beach, 700 Lighthouse Beach Road, Port Lavaca, 361-552-5311

• When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m., every day, Lighthouse Beach; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., every day, splash pad

PORT LAVACA - Brandon Soliz, 3, lived up to the Superman logo on his royal blue T-shirt at the splashpad on Lighthouse Beach in Port Lavaca.

The youngster ran fearlessly into the water while his younger sister, Kara Soliz, 2, timidly skirted the water playground.

The children, of Houston, were visiting their grandmother, Josie Soliz, of Point Comfort, for the weekend.

"They usually play with the water hose on the trampoline," Soliz said. "They like to get wet and play outdoors."

The splash pad is almost 2,700 square feet of wet area with 14 different play features, said Bob Turner, Port Lavaca city manager. New playground equipment and cabanas near the splash pad are also new additions to the beach.

Water spurts from holes in the lagoon-blue cement like expelled water from whales' blowholes. Meanwhile, streams of water rain down from a tower in the center of the wet playground.

The most popular feature periodically dumps water from three buckets onto the children as they play, Turner said.

A seahorse sculpture with water spraying from its nose, a crab and a starfish offer the children opportunities to climb and crawl.

The perimeter of the splash pad is extended about 3 feet, so parents can sit in lawn chairs on a hard surface while they watch their children play.

The first and much smaller splash pad was installed in Port Lavaca's Bayfront Peninsula Park two years ago.

"The small splash pad was really well accepted," Turner said. "It was so popular that we decided to add the bigger version on Lighthouse Beach."

Tracy Janak, of Port Lavaca, saw the new construction from the causeway. She brought her son, Brantly Janak, 3, to romp in the water because it was a hot, sunny early afternoon in June.

Janak enjoyed visiting with Karen Gann, of Olivia, whose grandchildren - Camille Smith, 4, and Rylee Smith, 3 - also toddled through the waterworks.

"I think it is great for the community," Janak said. "It's safe fun for the kids, especially the little ones."

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