Cobb’s splash pad is opening soon for summer

Cobb County’s splash pad will open soon for sweating season.

After 267 days, the water amenity will be back (with a splash!) on Memorial Day — May 28 — at Swift-Cantrell Park, Kennesaw announced Wednesday.

It is set to close Labor Day, which is Sept. 3 this year, the city said. It’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The splash pad is open daily, except for Thursdays when it is closed for maintenance.

The 3,200-foot splash pad gives aquatic fun without lots of standing water. The showers and nozzles are controlled by a motion sensor and a rubberized surface will be installed to minimize scrapes.

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

The 42-acre park, 3140 Old 41 Highway NW, is Kennesaw’s largest.

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

Kennesaw made about $31,000 in revenue from the splash pad last year, said city spokeswoman Jolene Freeman. The money went into the city’s general fund.

About 20,000 children and adults visited the splash pad last year.

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In case you forgot, here’s all the 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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