City of St. John’s work­ing to get splash pads open

Coun. Danny Breen said plan is for July 2 start

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - OBITUARIES / LOCAL - tele­gram@thetele­

The City of St. John’s splash pads at Bowring Park and Ban­ner­man Park would be a great way to beat the heat, but Coun. Danny Breen says they’re not ready to go just yet.

The city does not nor­mally open the out­door wa­ter re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties be­fore July and won’t be able to sim­ply turn on the taps and get go­ing, no mat­ter how much it’s de­sired in the midst of the cur­rent heat wave.

“It’s a very beau­ti­ful day out and it cer­tainly would have been nice for them to be open to­day, but we are work­ing on get­ting them open as quickly as we can,” Breen said dur­ing Mon­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The coun­cil­lor said the city had re­ceived in­quiries as to why the splash pads weren’t avail­able. He said there are checks of the fa­cil­i­ties re­quired and wa­ter test­ing that has to be com­pleted, in­clud­ing chem­i­cal test­ing, to be sure they are safe for users.

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