Pine Splash Pad is scheduled to open on Memorial Day

Pine’s popular water playground will be open to the public on May 30th for its third season.

Located near the soccer fields at Pine Community Park, the water playground features more than three dozen sprays, fountains, and other water features.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the community switched to requiring people to schedule sessions for the splash pad to limit the number of kids using it at one time.

Park officials found that it also reduced overcrowding, making the experience more enjoyable.

Even with Covid pandemic restrictions limiting visitor numbers and a delay in opening until the end of July, more than 15,000 people used the splash pad in its first year of opening in 2020, according to community officials.

The practice of booking timeslots will continue this year, with sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes available at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

The Splash Pad is open daily from 10am to 8pm

“The Splash Pad is a tremendous addition to Pine Community Park and the community of Pine,” said Joni Patsko, director of the community’s parks.

“We’ve seen countless families using the paddling pool and leaving fond memories of it and spending the sunny, warm summer days at our park with a trip to the paddling pool,” she said.

Use of the Splash Pad is free for residents and members of the Pine Community Center. Residents in other communities may use the facility for $3 per person.

Opening the facility to residents of all communities was a requirement for the $250,000 government grant the community received to build the $750,000 paddling pool.

Patsko said the Splash Pad is also available for birthday parties.

Pine residents can book the splash pool, which includes use of the pavilion, for two-hour sessions and up to 30 children. The cost for outsiders is $100. Parties are possible from noon.

For more information on booking a birthday party at Splash Pad, email Kevin Bacon at [email protected]

Tony LaRussa is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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