Town Considers Plan for a Splash Park [VIDEO]

Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper is reviewing preliminary plans for a splash park for toddlers.

Maintenance workers recently learned that chlorine tablets with high concentrations of calcium were causing closings due to at the Wolfe Park Pool. But had been caused by toddlers vomiting and going to the bathroom in the water. Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper is now considering a plan for a splash park to cut down on such accidents.

The splash park would be in the lawn area outside the fence by the deep end of the pool. When the town built a new pool two years ago, the kiddie pool was eliminated, but piping was installed in the grassy area to accommodate a splash park.

"The plan was always to have something over there," Cooper said Tuesday.

Rain Drop Products LLC, an Ashland, Ohio firm, designed a splash park proposal that is under review. There currently is no official cost estimate, but Cooper said his best guess is between $100,000 and $150,000.


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The company calls it a "sprayground" and it would be a cement area with water shooting up from it. A YouTube video of the design proposed for Wolfe Park is included with this story.

A Safer Alternative

Cooper said Wolfe Park's pool is sloped, so children ages three and four walking from the low end can soon find themselves completely underwater at the four-foot mark.

"The majority of our water rescues take place in that area because it slopes down," he said. "All it takes is a little distraction and junior's in trouble."

A splash park offers a safer option, according to Cooper.

"With this you don't have to know how to swim, obviously," he said. "The kids just want to get wet and cool off and their parents want them to cool off in a safe environment. The threat of drowning and serious injury goes away."

Once solid cost estimates are in place, Cooper will present a plan to the town in hopes of funding a splash park that could open in time for next season.

"Given some of the issues we've had this summer, I don't think anyone would think it's a bad idea," he said. "I think people would agree it's a good thing for the kids, and that's what this is for."

Jacob's Mama August 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
What about the multi-million dollar senior center in Monroe????
Maggie August 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Redneck farming community! I see that kind of comments more and more in the Patch. I grew up in a city. I am a college graduate and I work in the corporate world. I drive an Audi and I like the good things in life just like the rest. I am not opposed to the splash park, but don't think the town can afford it at this time. I do not have a farm but I do own 2 horses. Are you calling me a redneck because I own farm animals? Would you like me and other people who grow fruits and vegetables and own lamas like Mr. Sippin or cows and chickens and other farm animals, like Agway, that kids LOVE to go and see, to move out of this town and disapear so people like YOU could have it all to yourselves? I see more and more people growing their own food and raising chickens to have fresh eggs. Those people, young and with children, moved to Monroe recently from other cities and towns because they want "farming" in their lives and the lives of their children. How did this town change for the "better"? Please tell us. All I can tell you that when I am out with my horses I have people stopping cars so their kids can take a look, people stopping just to talk or take pictures. I guess they must like it. I see kids at Agway going to see the animals and enjoy the hay rides and corn mazes. It reminds us all of the simple way we used to live. Your comment is offensive! I don't see anyone calling you names.
Walt August 23, 2012 at 02:31 PM
All the children should be required to wear helmets when playing in the new splash pad!! The town should also supply elbow and knee pads!! EMS must be on site for standby in case anything happens to a child!! A water purification system must also be installed to ensure that there are no microbial dangers present!!
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@Maggie... I do not wish to speak for the Captain, only myself: when someone like Mr Leneker suggests things like children under 8 should not use the pool, I as a parent take that to heart. I do not like to use terms like "redneck farming community", but if people did not make such strong comments in one direction, then others would not make strong comments in the other direction
jon watson August 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What senior discounts? I have never been to the senior center, I pay $11,000 on my house here (what discount?), and I have never used the public schools here. So what am I getting except screwed. And please, don't someone post the typical why don't you move crap.
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
and then there are people like the below poster "walt" who seems to dislike Mothers and Children
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
It did say cement in the article, again i am hoping just like the fence idea it is a misprint or something.... and Walt it is so touching that you are so concerned for the well being of our children and piece of mind of all of us as parents I am sure the mommies especially will take that into consideration
Herman M August 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I think Walt is a disgruntled post office worker. He also seems to have a lot of issues with mommies and children. I guess he finds it cathartic to release his anger on Patch?
QWERTY August 23, 2012 at 04:05 PM
So an indoor pool isn't good enough? Now you're having your cake and eating it too.
QWERTY August 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
A splash park is a good idea and a good solution to this problem but not at the cost of $150K. And for those who want to call the town or its residents cheap, no one is stopping you from ponying up your own money for your own private pool. It's much easier to spend other people's money, isn't it?
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Qwerty... that is a joke right?? p.s. as long as I do not eat the cake right before swimming then we should be ok
Walt August 23, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This is an extremely humorous site, reading posts by the smothering wimpy whiny overprotective parents. Funny you should use the word "cathartic" in this topic as relates to the pool and purging of bowels.
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
"wimpy whiny overprotective parents" only when people attack our children for no aparent reason, I wonder what would cause soemone to dislike parents and children so much that they have to make comments like yours
Alex August 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
jim: You think it's unreasonable to not pay someone for the work they didn't do? If your job is weather dependent and your an hourly wage worker, you think you should be paid to sit idle instead of being sent home? Many businesses that rely on weather, conduct that type of pay system. I have a friend who works in landscaping where a rainy day is a no pay day. It's unfortunate, but paying people to sit idle or do nothing doesn't make much sense for a business or a town.
Walt August 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Who's attacking your children?
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Sorry I said accidents.... Nothing about rain???
jim laguardia August 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You said they should stay home and Joel said they should not be allowed in the pool, then you proceeded to make fun of them wearing helmets knee elbow pads etc....
Walt August 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I said what's wrong with a sprinkler at home. You'll notice someone followed that up with saying grass was slippery when wet... I'm poking fun at the PARENTS who would make them wear all the gear and hover over them. I'm sure the little ones would be just as happy with a little pool at home or some of the inventive sprinkler toys around today. Why does the town have to put in a splash pad for 100 to 150K?
Joel Leneker August 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
@Jim Laguardia: I will say it again, children or adults who go to the bathroom in a public pool should not be allowed to use the pool. I think we can all agree. It potential can become a public health issue. If you want to drop the pool age use limit to 4 or 6 or whatever so be it. Disney World requires plastic diapers on ALL young children in their water parks and they also restrict ages for rides. This is not a new concept. But building a $100-150,000 splash pad to potentially solve this problem, in this economy, is not a wise choice.
Captain Fantastic August 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@Joel Leneker: What about the $800,000+ Vavrek and the Planning and Zoning are spending on legal fees? If we had competent people running this town a splash pad could be a reality.
Lani August 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
You are misinformed about Disney's policy. Here it is... "diaper-age children need to have appropriate swim diapers when they are in the water." There is no age requirement for use of the pools. They restrict ages for the rides for safety reasons, just like any amusement park.
jim laguardia August 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Blah blah blah.... I am here to point out dumb remarks like the ones about anyone under 8 should not be allowed in the pool.... Look back and that is when I got defensive and or offensive every other thing was about the actual article and what could be done as a matter of fact I said paint lines in the pool that would save money, right?? But then people go and make comments like yours and instead of saying you were wrong or mispoke just keep going and going
Joel Leneker August 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
@Captain Fantastic: I do not have any info regarding the $800,000 price tag for legal fees for defending P&Z decisions. If the number is correct, most of those cases are from P&Z commission decisions under previous Selectpersons. Sorry I cannot help you with that topic. As to the lack of competent people running the town, perhaps you should throw your tights and cape into the arena and run for Selectman, than you can purchase the splash pad. But that would require you using your real name. It's been an interesting debate but I gotta get back to work to pay for my school taxes.
jim laguardia August 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Joel that is the second time you played that (I do not have info on that subject) "card" ... if only you had done that before you made the comment about not allowing kids under 8 in the town pool
Joel Leneker August 24, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@Jim Laguardia: Jim, I only make comments on what I know and and my comment about kids under 8 in the pool has nothing to do with with P&Z issues. I was only offering a solution to the diapering problem with kids in a public pool. Thank you for the spirited debate.
jim laguardia August 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
so you "know" 7 year olds poop in the pool.... and that closing chalk hill was needed, but you dont know anything about the budget or legal fees?? your range of knowledge makes me worry about what you do with your free time....
Wolfe August 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Jim, I agree with the IDEA of a splash pad, but not at cost of $100,000 to $150,000. When does the spending end? Qwerty made a good point----for $50 you could buy a hose, a sprinkler and/or a small blow-up pool for your backyard. I went to Wolfe Park twice this summer. Both times I went, the deep end of the pool was closed due to people peeing and pooping in the pool. What we have to do is keep the little kids out. They are the ones who are making the mess (from what I hear). And a splash pad is great idea for doing that......but it won't happen if people continue to rant and rave about every trivial little thing. I can not believe the comments being hurled at you on here, Jim. But spending that much money just is not feasible at this time.
jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Wolfe the deep end was closed due to clorine tablets that's the latest news report.... And like I said I am for painting lines in the pool that would be less expensive then a splash zone... My problem is people saying that kids under 8 should not be allowed, or that "they" should stay home
Joel Leneker August 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
@Jim Laguardia: It is not up to you to question my knowledge nor to worry about how I spend my free time. Please let's limit the comments to the issue.
jim laguardia August 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM


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