Splash pad admission is $2 per person; children ages 2 and younger are free.
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Cobb splash pad in its second year is pulling big numbers

The splash pad at Kennesaw’s Swift-Cantrell Park is about to close its second summer season and has again pulled a five-figure visitor number.

From May 30 to July 16, said city spokeswoman Jolene Freeman, 11,480 adults and children have come to the splash pad.

Last year through July 25, the city reported visits at 12,000 people.

Admission is $2 per person; children ages 2 and younger are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

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Freeman said admission fees have brought in $14,675 so far. That money will go into the general fund.

“Our attendance aligns with the numbers we expected and we have not experienced any issues at the pad this summer,” she said.

The schedule will move to weekends-only after July 31 and through Labor Day.

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The 3,200-foot aquatic attraction provides fun without lots of standing water, which can be more expensive to maintain. The showers and nozzles are controlled by a motion sensor and chlorinated. A rubberized surface minimizes scrapes.

The project came with a price tag of $425,000. It was funded by the 2016 SPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and announced in February 2017.

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In case you forgot, here are rules from the city’s parks department:

• Wear swimsuits “and/or appropriate attire,” which isn’t defined further, other than: “No blue jeans.”

• Thunder and lightning mean everyone out of the splash pad.

• Footwear/sandals are strongly recommended. Street shoes are not allowed.

• No running, rough play, horseplay and “undue disturbance” is allowed.

• Don’t beat up the equipment or “sit (on), stand (on), cover or block” any of the jets.

• Children who aren’t toilet-trained have to wear swim diapers and the city reminds you that “regular diaper changing should occur.”

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• There’ll be no eating or drinking, especially the water coming from the splash pad. And keep the easy-to-shatter stuff like glass at home.

• No alcohol or tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are allowed.

• People with contagious health conditions, should treat this like you would a public pool. 

• People are prohibited from using the splash pad as a “bathing facility.”

• Don’t bring any balls, bats, beach balls, noodles or inflatable toys. 

• Skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, scooters or anything on wheels are not allowed.

• Pets are also not allowed.

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