Victoria kiddos to get new splash pad

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Aug. 5, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

Victoria City Council made a splash Tuesday with the announcement of a water playground scheduled to open next summer near the community center.

After the announcement in July that the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool would close early and stay closed, Parks and Recreation Director Colby Van Gundy began working on a plan to find a solution and a way to pay for it.

With a late start to this year's summer season and staffing issues with lifeguards, the public pool closed after two weeks.

"It was something very disappointing that we had to close the pool," Van Gundy said.

By delaying a handful of parks projects, including a $375,000 project for trails in Riverside Park and $100,000 for new playground equipment at Ethel Lee Tracy Park, the city will be able to go out for bids soon on the spray playground, said City Manager Charmelle Garrett.

With showers and sprayers, rather than deep water, the park eliminates the need for lifeguards and lowers the risk of drowning.

It will serve about 4,360 low-income people, according to information from the grant program that will fund about $140,000 of the project.

Mayor Paul Polasek said he knows the new splash pad will be well-received.

"I'm just pleased we're able to speed that project up and be sensitive to the needs of the kiddos," Polasek said.

The water playground is expected be open next summer from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week.



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