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Splash pad opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday

By Staff, 06/7/18 10:40 AM

PRESCOTT – History will be made at 9:30 a.m. Friday with the grand opening of the Prescott Splash Pad.

Granted, it’s not as historic as the opening of a new industry bringing in 100 jobs, but it’s historic nonetheless as this is a first for the community. The Prescott City Council has debated over swimming pools or something similar, such as a water park, but finally agreed to apply for a grant for a splash pad. A grant was obtained through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Recreation, with the stipulation the area for the splash pad could never be used for any other purpose and must be maintained as such by the city in perpetuity.

Due to weather problems, it took longer than expected to build the splash pad, but those problems were overcome, the work was done, sod has been laid and personnel trained in the use of the computer system and program for the pad’s water works.

At 9:30 Friday morning, the pad will officially be opened – after a few speeches have been given. The pad will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day but Wednesday when the hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. There is no cost for using the pad.

However, the splash pad isn’t designed to be a place where parents can drop off their children and leave for whatever reason. There are rules that must be followed. The rules are as follows:

  • Use at your own risk;
  • No pets allowed;
  • Children must always be under adult supervision;
  • Swim suits or appropriate clothing items are required at all times;
  • No food or glass containers allowed in the pad area;
  • No skateboards or bicycles in the pad area;
  • No climbing, roughhousing or running allowed;
  • Footwear is recommended; and
  • Do not enter if sick or with an open wound.