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The highly anticipated Splash Pad, located on the west side of city park, is officially open and available to children of all ages. The pad has already had hundreds of visitors in the facility’s opening days.

It may have taken a little longer than what many had hoped for, but the new splash pad on the west side of the city park is officially open and ready for play.

“Sheltowee Falls” Splash Pad will remain open daily for the remainder of the summer from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“As of Friday we’ve had everything in place, working safely and efficiently,” said Matt Hamilton, director of Parks and Recreation. “The community is bringing us some ideas and we are taking those in and addressing those immediately, but it’s up and running and the kids are having a blast.”

Hamilton said there was a small issue with two water features on the toddler side, but said they were able to bypass those features and increased the pressure around that area to make it unnoticeable.

He said he has contacted the manufacturers and contractors will come back during the pad’s offseason to correct the small issue.

Council member Mike Kash noted during City Council’s monthly meeting on Monday night that a recent video post on social media touring the pad has received more than 10,000 views.

“We are receiving positive comments from all across the state,” Kash said. “This is something for us to be very proud of.”

Council member Glen Teager also noted that the pad has already been so busy over the weekend that parents had trouble finding a seat, although there is ample seating around the facility.

“It’s already getting a lot of use,” Teager said. “It’s amazing.”

The pad is located at the city park to the right as you come across Triplett Creek on Bridge Street.

To activate the pad features, press the two posts, one green and one blue.

If the pad is reserved it will close at 6 p.m. in preparation for the party.

The city asks that there be no shoes or pets on the pad surface.

Hamilton also noted that the facility is under 24-hour surveillance.

For any assistance contact the parks and recreation department at 784-8686.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.