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June 28, 2013

Editorial: Splash pads must make a splash

It’s not in the same league as John F. Kennedy’s 1961 challenge to put humans on the moon, but Traverse City has got to get the splash pads at the new Clinch Park up and gushing for Cherry Festival.

That’s like 24 hours or so from now.

To have all those cool new water features just sitting there unused would be just wrong. And it’s no way to show off the city’s new $2.9 million park project.

Because the park’s water feature recirculates the water it uses, the city has to have a license from the state that requires a 10-day testing period prior to inspection. That would mean the system could open to the public on the 6th, the last day of the festival. Unacceptable.

The city may be able to jury-rig a system to run the splash pads with fresh water without recirculating it, but that’s still up in the air. And the water will be a lot colder than if it was recirculated.

But the splash pads would at least have some splash. Right now, that’s what counts.



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