Soak up the sun at final weekend of splash pad

A maintenance crew works on a plumbing issue Friday morning while a few visitors hoping to enjoy some water look on.

All good things must come to an end.

That will be the case this weekend at Energy Capital Park in Gillette as the first summer run of the widely popular splash pad will draw to a close. The water will stop flying at 6 p.m. Sunday.

There was a little confusion during Thursday afternoon’s football games as a handful of youngsters were hoping to make a few mad dashes through the water to cool off while their siblings were competing on the gridiron but the splash pad was dry.

“There was a small maintenance issue late yesterday with part of the plumbing,” said Geno Palazzari, city communication’s manager. “It was near the end of the day so it was too late to get the word out. It will be up and running for the final weekend, no worries.”

There were some nagging issues Friday morning while a few kids were out enjoying all the park has to offer. A maintenance crew was onsite around noon working on the water supply to the equipment and hoped that everything would be back in business within the hour .

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Nevertheless, the splash pad will be open normal hours this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to offer some fun and relief this final summer weekend during the football games.

While the playground offers year-round fun, the splash pad takes a winter hiatus. If city officials have their way and there are no bumps along the way, the splash pad could be bigger and better than ever when it reopens in late spring.

Last week, the city council approved moving forward with an immediate expansion of the splash pad to address concerns that the facility has been packed- and at times too full- many times during its first summer. The project would more than double the splash pad’s current size.

Pending any delays in bids and site work, the expansion could be ready by the start of next summer.