New changes made to Splash Pad schedule

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- School's out, the weather is warming up and summer is just about in full swing here in the valley. A popular attraction for families and kids is the Splash Pad on Main Street. However, with concerns from downtown businesses and water usage, The Splash Pad schedule may be changing.

According to Parks & Rec during the first two years of the Splash Pad being open on 5th and Main, usage has been extremely high.

The City of Grand Junction says there have been concerns raised by local businesses near the fountain. To minimize some concerns the DDA and Parks & Rec have decided to implement a new weekday schedule for the splash pad.

This year, new there will be new changes in the schedule. On weekdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm the water will run on an intermittent schedule, meaning it will turn off and on at various times throughout the day. From 5:00pm to 10:00pm the water will flow consistently. On weekends from 10:00am to 10:00pm the water will run straight though the day,

The schedule leaves some with mixed emotions. Melanie Meinhart often watches over her grandchildren and isn't happy about the new Splash Pad schedule.

“People are watching kids, they do things spur of the moment and they come down here, you get your kids ready and you come down and it's not running- it's going to be an issue," said Meinhart.

However, Stefanie Wohlge says if the Splash Pad isn't on when she arrives, she'll gladly wait for it.

“I don't really think it'll effect too much. I know that my son will want to walk- we'll walk downtown," said Wohlge.

Mom Robin Celorio says she and her girls did just that, by having lunch at a downtown restaurant, when the Splash Pad was off today.

“Since the water had shut off for the hour we decided to go and enjoy The Rockslide," said Celorio.

So how do local businesses feel about the changes?

Chris West's office is located right outside the Splash Pad, but he feels the change may minimize disruptions to businesses and be a win-win for everyone.

“Crowds seemed to move out and it quiets down for a while and then it comes back on and then the crowd will build again, but it keeps it at a lower roar, let's say," says West.

There's nothing like a kid in a candy shop. And one local candy store says the changes may actually help their business.

“It almost helps us out because the Splash Pad closes and people take a break and come over here and ask when it's going to be back on again," said Hall.

The DDA and Parks & Rec say they'll monitor the new Splash Pad schedule and evaluate the success of this option and may make changes as the summer progresses.

The Splash Pad is a family favorite at the summer farmer's market. Next Thursday night, the farmer's market starts up again for the season.


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