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Lone Tree Creek Splash Pad closed for repairs

By Melissa Crowe
June 9, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.
Updated June 10, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.

Caden Taylor, 4, runs through a fountain of water at the Lone Tree Creek Splash pad on June 14, 2013.

Anyone looking for a reprieve from the summer heat should rule out the Lone Tree Creek Splash Pad until further notice.

The splash pad is closed for repairs after a water pump broke down Saturday morning, said Parks and Recreation Director Colby Van Gundy.

Bobby Medina, a Victoria resident, said he rented the splash pad out Saturday for his 6-year-old son's birthday party.

Although he is expecting a full refund on the $200 rental fee, the park's closure put a kink in their party plans.

Medina said he relocated the event last-minute to Riverside Park and rented some bounce houses.

He said his son was let down.

"He was mad; he kept asking me all the way up to the time of the party, even when we were leaving, 'The splash pad's not this way,'" Medina said.

Van Gundy said he does not know how long the splash pad will be closed or how much the repairs could cost. The pump is out of warranty, he said.

Less than a year after opening, Van Gundy said he isn't fazed by the repairs.

"They're running all day long," he said. "That kind of stuff happens with pools all the time. It's not uncommon, and it's not a freak accident."

Whether the splash pad is open or not, the pump is constantly circulating the water and keeping it chlorinated.

As of Monday afternoon, a crew was working to take the failed equipment out and work on a solution to fix it.

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