Downtown splash pad closed; Free at LP splash pad

Barricades were set up this morning around a popular splash pad on Fifth Street and Main Street, in light of the huge demand, the city of Grand Junction will immediately open for free the splash pad at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool.

The City Council on Monday night expressed initial support for moving forward with that plan in response to health and downtown business concerns about how much usage the downtown splash pad has received since it opened in 2011.

“The downtown splash pad is being loved to death by the overwhelming number of users, and shows us there is a significant unmet need for greater access to our water recreational facilities,” Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber said.

The growing usage of the downtown splash pad has triggered concerns about water cleanliness, injuries and keeping downtown sidewalks unobstructed. Some businesses complained that the large number of adults and children gathered around the splash pad was impeding shoppers’ ability to get into their stores and was bad for business, in general.

The splash pad at the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool will be open for free for the remainder of the season from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The expanded access to Lincoln Park will allow the downtown splash pad to return to its original intended use as a water feature on Main Street, city officials said in a news release issued this morning.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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