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July 16, 2013

Splash pads an option for pool

Members say solution needed for aging pool.

Logansport Parks and Recreation Board members are continuing to explore splash pads as what they feel may be an economic and efficient solution to the ailing Tower Park Pool.

At the board’s meeting Wednesday, Parks Administrator Jan Fawley gave a presentation on splash pads and spray grounds, which consist of nozzles spraying water out of the ground and/or from above-ground structures.

Fawley reiterated what she feels to be positive qualities of splash pads that she raised at last month’s board meeting, saying they require far less money and maintenance than pools and that lifeguards aren’t necessary. She also said they can be available to the public longer than the two months the pool is open for every summer.

“We could keep them open all the way through mid-October if it’s hot enough,” she said.

Fawley also informed board members of things to keep in mind if and when they decide to endorse splash pads, including location, space, parking, restrooms, landscaping, permits and access to trash bins.

Drainage was also a factor in Fawley’s presentation, which can ultimately be accomplished in two ways, she said — by completely draining the water and pumping fresh water out or implementing a recirculation system that would clean water that is drained before pumping it back through the system.

Jim Jackson, manager of the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Department at Logansport Municipal Utilities, said in an interview that whichever option is chosen would require a backflow device to ensure contaminated water doesn’t make its way back into any potable water lines.

As far as which option would be the best way to go, Jackson said that it varies for every scenario and would ultimately be up to the owner’s discretion.

“If you recycle the water, you’re going to save on your water and sewer bill but sometimes treatment to get that water suitable to be used again is more of a hassle than buying fresh water and dumping it down the drain,” he said.

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