Riverwalk splash pad closed again as workers add more grip

jtate@bradenton.comJune 27, 2013 

BRADENTON -- It's a case of trial and error with the splash pad floor on Bradenton's Riverwalk.

The water play area closed Wednesdayagain this week so that construction workers can add anti-slip material to the recently repaired park.

The Bradenton Downtown Development Authority opened the splash park Monday morning after completing initial repairs to the splash pad floor's colorful design. The repairs began June 3. DDA Director, Dave Gustafson said he witnessed some children slipping on the splash pad Tuesday morning and decided to close the park to make it safe for children playing there.

"I saw kids slipping and sliding a little bit," he said.

The current material was not sufficient, so city officials are replacing it. The work of applying the anti-slip material will begin this morning and take just a few hours, Gustafson said. But the park will not open before the weekend because the work will need 48 hours to completely dry.

"We want to have enough grip that kids don't slip, but enough so it doesn't hurt their feet," said Gustafson.

The park is expected to reopen around midday Friday.

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