Waukee's Fox Creek Splash Pad and playground will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.
The splash pad closed on July 5 after a report of a slip and fall. Waukee's Parks and Recreation Department then consulted with design professionals and contractors to determine the safety of the splash pad.
While the splash pad was installed correctly, Parks and Recreation Director Matt Jermier said the department decided to make the amenity safer through the installation of a new product.
“Safety is our number one priority. Even though it meets the specifications, how can we still take it to the next level? How can we make it even more safe? And, we’ve really been working as a team to come up with a product to help add traction to the surface,” Jermier said in an earlier Dallas County News article.
The department installed a rubberized, non-skidding coating to the splash pad to help enhance the surface. The splash pad remained closed as the new coating was installed and allowed to cure. The adjacent playground was also closed to allow work to be complete at the Fox Creek Splash Pad.
A press release from the City of Waukee thanked citizens for their patience while the splash pad and playground were closed during surfacing work.
Both areas of the Fox Creek Park will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. The splash pad, located at 522 NE Westgate Drive, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Fox Creek Park is open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.
Users are reminded to review the posted rules at Fox Creek Park.
In an earlier article, Jermier emphasized the importance of no running on a wet surface. In addition, all children must be under adult supervision. No rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, or pets are allowed on the splash pad.
“There is not a product out there that will ever be safe enough for kids to run on the splash pad and not slip and fall,” Jermier said. “We are really emphasizing adult supervision, and the help from those adults to keep kids from running. We understand the splash pad is exciting to little kids. But just a constant reminder of no running even with the new surface.”