Costing around $75,000 to $100,000, splash pads come with a ground nozzle and/or standing nozzles that shower water onto a deck area.
As there is no standing water, it eliminates the need for lifeguards, leading to further savings, Fawley said.
Parks board and committee members seemed open to the idea, requesting more research be done and time allowed to receive input from the public.
If the plan receives financial backing and positive feedback, the officials discussed the possibility of implementing the splash pads on a tiered schedule, implementing one at first to gauge reactions. If they’re accepted, parks officials would add more to other parks until getting to a point when the pool could be closed down.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.