Bradenton Riverwalk splash pad to reopen next week

jtate@bradenton.comJune 21, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Children will be splashing and prancing early next week when the Riverwalk splash pad reopens.

Dave Gustafson, executive director of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, said weather prevents city officials from setting the exact date the water park will reopen.

"The park should open the beginning part of next week," said Gustafson. "But weather could always affect curing time of material."

The play area was closed June 3 to allow contractors to redo a swirly design adhesive peeling from the splash pad floor.

An industrial adhesive material used to create the design had started to give way, said Gustafson.

The weather forecast through early next week includes scattered showers and thunderstorms, which could delay the park opening by not allowing materials to set in the wet conditions.

Parents, like Kathryn Freund, hope the park opens soon so the little ones can cool off

and make some fun wet memories this summer.

"We'll be back out here when it opens, absolutely," Freund said. "We're excited about it."

She brought her 4-year-old and 7-year-old to the playground Thursday, accom-panied by her friend, Allyson Lewis, who alsobrought her 7-year-old and 11-year-old on the play date.

"We wanted it open because we wanted to have our kids splash. Maybe we'll run through there, too," joked Lewis.

The two parents said their summer splash park plans were delayed by the dried-up splash pad now surrounded by barricades and a white tent.

The city placed the obstacles there to deter foot traffic and allow the design to dry properly.

"People are excited about the park opening and we are, too," Gustafson said. "We're trying to keep people off right now to make sure everything seals."

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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