Testing the waters

Contractor works on 'fine tuning' splash pad, city releases rules

Jack Fry, president of Fry & Associates, smiles as he looks over the new splash pad at Memorial Park on Wednesday. A crew tested the water pressure to ensure the safety for children. Fry said workers are “fine tuning” the splash pad and then they will fill in the surrounding area with grass. Fry & Associates has installed about eight splash pads in Missouri, according to Jack Fry. He said the water feature is growing in popularity as it requires less maintenance and supervision compared to swimming pools. “Kids are going to play in fountains anyway, so you might as well design some fountains they can play in,” Fry said.

Jack Fry, president of Fry & Associates, smiles as he looks over the new splash pad at Memorial Park on Wednesday. A crew tested the water pressure to ensure the safety for children. Fry said workers are “fine tuning” the splash pad and then they will fill in the surrounding area with grass. Fry & Associates has installed about eight splash pads in Missouri, according to Jack Fry. He said the water feature is growing in popularity as it requires less maintenance and supervision compared to swimming pools. “Kids are going to play in fountains anyway, so you might as well design some fountains they can play in,” Fry said. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Fry & Associates, a North Kansas City-based park and playground equipment company, and the City of Fulton are nearing the completion of the splash pad project at Memorial Park. Workers with Fry & Associates and its president, Jack Fry, were on site Wednesday testing the water pressure and making other final adjustments. Clay Caswell, Fulton’s Parks and Recreation Director, told the Fulton City Council that he hopes the splash pad will be open this weekend. If so, here are the rules and regulations for using the newest attraction to Fulton.

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Fulton’s Parks and Recreation Director Clay Caswell was hopeful at the Tuesday city council meeting that the anticipated splash pad will open this weekend. Fry & Associates, the contractor working on the project, was on site Wednesday testing the spray features. Jack Fry, president of Fry & Associates, said the splash pad can handle up to 538 gallons of water per minute when all the spray features are going, but they not all operate at once so the water usage will be lower. He added that two reservoirs will save about 500 gallons of water per minute, and also will treat the water and flow it back through the splash pad.

Splash Pad Rules and Regulations

•Operating hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Season is May 1-Oct. 1, depending on weather.

•No lifeguard will be on duty. Use splash pad at own risk.

•Children 11 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

•Do not drink the splash pad water as it re-circulates.

•Street shoes are not allowed on the splash pad.

•No running, rough play or foul language.

•Infants must wear swim diapers. Changing diapers is not permitted on the splash pad.

•Persons with open cuts or sores, infection or diseases that may be transmitted by the water are prohibited.

•Animals are not allowed on or near the splash pad.

•Glass bottles are not allowed on or near the splash pad.

•No smoking on or near the splash pad.

•No food or drinks on the splash pad.

•Do not cover water fixtures or drains.

•No climbing on splash pad equipment, benches or tables.

•Skateboarding, bike riding and rollerblading is not allowed on the splash pad.

•Do not use the splash pad during severe weather conditions.

•Electrical appliances or cords are not allowed within 10 feet of the splash pad.

•Splash pad can be closed at any time for maintenance or other issues.

•Anyone violating the rules and regulations can be evicted from the park.

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