Overland Park closes splash pad to check electrical issues

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Lots of parents and kids left an Overland Park splash pad disappointed Tuesday, because they arrived to find the pad unexpectedly closed.

The city says it’s a precautionary measure to keep visitors safe from a possible electrical issue. With some city pools already closed for the summer, some folks showed up at Roe Park to cool off, but were out of luck.

When they found out the reason, many say they didn’t mind the closure.

Water trickling from drinking fountains was about the only water folks could find at Roe Park Tuesday afternoon.

“We had just thought we’d try it out today. It was a nice warm day. Had heard a lot about it and wanted to give it a shot,’ said Kelli Lauritsen.

However she had to find something else for her kids Mickey and Danny to do, because the splash pad was closed.

“It’s unfortunate. I just told him as we pulled up, ‘I don’t think it’s on today, buddy’ and he got a little upset and said he wanted to go home,” said Lauritsen. It was also a little disappointing for Libbey Dupont, and 6-year old Maggie.

“It’s a bummer. We’ll be back though. I mean we’ll check it out at a different time I guess,” said Dupont. The city explains, while inconvenient, the closure is meant to keep everyone safe from potential stray electrical currents such as a lightening strike.

“The immediate spray area is bonded. By that it’s got grid on the ground tied to copper wire that’s grounded for electrical, but we don’t know that we went out far enough, and that’s what we’re going to be looking at, to see how far out into the other concrete area we need to go,” said Overland Park Director of Park Services Greg Ruether. The city knows folks aren’t happy about the closure, but better safe than sorry.

“Electrical, I would rather have it closed then open,” said Kelli Lauritsen.

“There’s been a lot of really tragic things lately with things that should have been fun so if they need to close it, close it,” said Libby Dupont.

The city says there’s no time table on when this newly opened splash pad will reopen, but crews will work to get it back on as soon as possible.



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