The Farmville splashpad is open. Here are the rules.

Published 7:49 pm Friday, June 28, 2024

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The ribbon’s been cut, the switch has been flipped and the Farmville splashpad is now open for children of all ages to try out. Families from across the area showed up Friday, June 28 for the grand opening, testing out all of the available activities at the facility. This marked the next step in a nearly two year journey for town officials and residents alike. 

Back in September 2022, the town council voted unanimously to build the splashpad, placed on the same piece of property as Lions Park, but closer to the trail. Lions Park is located on West Third Street, at the entrance to the Wilck’s Lake island area. This splashpad is approximately 5,000 square feet and was paid for using money from the town’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

With that being said, residents have had several questions about the facility. Here’s the answers to what you’ve been asking about the project. 

When will it be open? 

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The Farmville splashpad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Yes, it is open every day, running from 8 a.m. until dusk. All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 

What’s not allowed? 

  • There’s a number of things on the banned list. 
  • No animals of any kind allowed except for service animals. 
  • No food, drinks, candy, tobacco, gum or alcohol are allowed inside the Farmville splashpad or the nearby walkways. 
  • This isn’t a jungle gym, meaning you can’t climb, hang, swing or pull on any of the splashpad equipment. 
  • No running, and also no skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, bats, balls, beach balls, noodles or pool tools on the splashpad. 
  • No glass is allowed within the splashpad or on the walkways. 
  • No rough or violent play inside the splashpad. 
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to the splashpad with symptoms of a cold, flu or any type of virus. 

What’s required? 

First and foremost, swimsuits must be worn at all times. Also, footwear, especially sandals, are strongly recommended for the entire time you’re at the splashpad. For all children under four years old, swim diapers are required. 

Don’t do it 

Do not drink the water being sprayed or otherwise delivered by the splashpad. Why? The splashpad uses recirculated water. 

Just a reminder 

One more thing. If you’re at the splashpad when a storm comes in, it’s time to pack up and leave. Also there is a 30-minute waiting period after the last bit of lightning or thunder before the splashpad would be turned back on.