Pinehurst Splash Pad!

May 29, 2016

Pinehurst residents are anticipating the opening of our very own Splash Pad!  The splash pad being built at Pinehurst's Wicker Park will open June 21st and be FREE to the public.  Pinehurst is building this after a community-wide survey led them to conclude it was very much wanted and needed to beat the summer heat.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Mark Wagner and getting a behind the scenes look at the construction in progress.  Be sure to follow the Facebook page to stay up to date on the progress.  Mark is the Director of Parks & Recreation at the Village of Pinehurst and is heading up the project.  As a father of two, he understands the importance of a thriving recreation program for our community and does an amazing job!

Mr. Four went with me to take a look and was super excited about the tractors he got to watch working.  I can't wait to take him to the splash pad when it is finished, he and Mr. One will enjoy it the most of my children.

I had a chance to ask Mark many questions I have heard fellow parents have.  

Here they are and his responses:

How much will it cost?  Nothing.  It is absolutely free.  This does not mean it will remain free, but as of right now there will not be an admission fee.  The logistics of charging for use are too complicated at this time to charge a fee.

Who can use it?  Anyone.  You do not have to be a Pinehurst resident to enjoy.

How big is it going to be?  The main pad will be 2500 sq ft with an 8 foot apron around it and a total square footage of approximately 6,000.

How much actual splashing will be possible?  The pad will have over 35 ground spray nozzles, 2 arched water "curtains", a large bucket and 10 spraying posts.  You will get very wet!

Who is building it?  Chris of Aquatic Resources out of Charlotte is heading up the project.  The most similar project of recent you can view on their website was done in Linconton, however all of their projects are unique and special.

When will it be open?  They are planning an Opening Day on June 21st.  Plans beyond that include daily hours from 10am-7pm.

How does it work?  Will water be on all the time and wasting or is it on a sensor system?  GREAT question!  The system is a continuous flow filtration system much like a pool where the water will be treated and filtered.  It will act just like any fountain you see in public areas and be running and ready whenever you are.

 

What do we wear?  (Yes, this has been asked)  No specific attire is required however swim attire is suggested.  Water shoes are also a good idea, although the surface will be rough concrete.  Water shoes will protect little feet. Swim diapers are required for children that are not potty trained.

Some other things Mark shared with me that I felt are share worthy:

  1. There will be a brick sitting wall along two sides of the pad for those of us that want to try to stay dry and just monitor the fun.

  2. The concession stand is currently in discussion and will hopefully be open during the Splash Pad hours.

  3. No pets are allowed

  4. There will be a connection to the bathrooms and an outdoor shower added to the side of the building.  It is required that you take a shower prior to entry.

  5. The capacity is 100 people at a time.  During the Open House, wrist bands will be given out to handle the volume of users.

  6. The parks and recreation department is aware of the hot equipment issue with the Wicker Park playground and has plans to try to remedy this in the near future.  One project at a time :)

Make plans to attend the Grand Opening on June 21st!  They plan to have slip n slides and inflatables in addition to the brand new Splash Pad for all of us to enjoy!

From Pinehurst Parks & Recreation:

"Plans are being finalized for a ribbon cutting and celebration on Tuesday, June 21st from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. Inflatables, concessions, giveaways and FUN on the splash pad are planned for the afternoon!   Here are some things to know before you go: Color coded wristbands will be given to all users and we will rotate in groups of 100 onto the pad for a set amount of time. The amount of time allowed will be determined by the number of attendees."

Thank you Mark Wagner for taking time out of your day to answer this momma's questions and show my little guy all the cool construction.

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