Summer fun just got interrupted again for kids at Riverwalk.
The popular Riverwalk splash pad is closed once again due to damage and will reopen on Wednesday, according to City of Bradenton public information officer Tim McCann.
Robertson Industries, the company that installed the splash pad, will start repairs Tuesday and fill in the holes, said supervisor of Bradenton parks and recreation Jonathan Weaver.
Families arrived to the park on Monday to find the water turned off on the splash pad and showers, with no sign indicating that the pad had been closed. Three holes around 1-to-2 feet in diameter were jaggedly cut out of the pad, exposing the concrete underneath.
Weaver said the cause was most likely a crack in the material that became worse when water filled in underneath. He said that it’s not the children’s fault that they gravitate toward the cracks and start picking.
“They were just doing what kids do,” he said.
Weaver said a few ideas for a permanent solution are in the works.
“This has been an absolute nightmare,” he said, noting that the city tries to keep it open as much as possible.
Samantha Vincek, of Bradenton, brought her 18-month-old daughter Arabella to splash around in the June heat on Monday.
“It’s too hot to be broken,” she said. She has a pool at home, but wanted her daughter to have fun outside.
Beads of sweat came down Damien Mollohan’s forehead as he played with his 5-year-old sister, Briana, on the playground next to the splash pad. The 9-year-old said he had been looking forward coming to the splash pad.
“I feel bad,” he said.
This past May, the splash pad closed after a group of toddlers pulled apart two feet of the pad.