Community calls for earlier splash pad hours, city answers

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Ophelia, 5, and Ryver, 6, enjoy the Energy Capital Sports Complex splash pad June 2. (Photo: Addison Eldridge)

In response to community feedback, the City of Gillette has adjusted the hours of operation for its newly opened – and well-received – Energy Capital Sports Complex splash pad, the city announced on Facebook Monday.

“We received calls, emails, and comments on social media,” said City Communications Manager Geno Palazzari by email Tuesday, adding that the Public Works Department Parks Division is in charge of the operation of all city parks including the splash park.

“It was a staff decision,” Palazzari said. “We will continue to monitor our operations to find the best balance for our patrons.”

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The splash pad is now open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., per the post.

Its original hours had previously been from noon to 8 p.m.

The new splash pad and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant playground, which opened May 28, were paid for mostly with Optional 1% Sales Tax money. Of the total project cost, about $2.17 million came from Optional 1%, $320,000 from fees paid by developers in-lieu of park development, and $10,000 from the Kiwanis Club towards the ADA features.