Austintown Township Park held a ribbon cutting for its new Splash Pad on Wednesday, May 22. A small group of children showed up to help break it in.
Park Supervisor Todd Shaffer officially opened the water feature for public use on Friday. He said the park will follow a regular schedule that will run through Labor Day.
"We will open it at noon each day and close it at 7 p.m.," he said.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
On hand for the official ribbon cutting of Austintown Township Park’s new Splash Pad were Park Supervisor Todd Shaffer; Trustee the Rev. Richard Stauffer; John Foraker, owner of My Splash Pad out of Louisville, Ohio; Trustee Lisa Oles; Township Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe; and assisting his granddaughter Gabriella Davis is Trustee Jim Davis. The officials were joined by a group of park visitors who couldn’t wait to test the waters.
While it may be turned on at noon, some may not see water running when they show up. Shaffer explained that people need to touch the top of an orange post in the southeast corner of the Splash Pad that will turn the water on for a five- or 10-minute period. To keep it running, the children will have to continue touching the orange pole. Shaffer said it will save water when no one is using it.
He added that the attendance and use of the Splash Pad will be checked from time to time and down the road, the park may add to it. John Foraker, owner of My Splash Pad based in Louisville, Ohio, said it is easy to add on another section.