July 24, 2016

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Splash pad awaiting part goes dry

MEDINA — Ethan Demrovsky, 8, and Luke Ramsier, 7, both of Wadsworth, made the trip to Medina on Wednesday morning for one purpose only: the splash pad.

But to their disappointment there was a pad, but no splash.

The splash pad at Fred Greenwood Park, is out of service due to a broken part, Parks and Recreation Director Tim Swanson said.

The part broke Sunday afternoon, he said, and city employees are waiting for the replacement to arrive.

“We service the splash pad twice a day seven days a week, so we were made aware as soon as there was a problem,” Swanson said. “The part, a pipe, could not be purchased from our local vendor, so it had to be ordered elsewhere. Right now we are just waiting on the part to arrive. As soon as it gets here, it will be installed.”

Swanson said the city hopes to have the attraction up and running for the weekend.

“We are really shooting to get it back up before this weekend, but there are no guarantees, of course. As soon as the part arrives, we’ll do our best to get everything up and running,” Swanson said. “We know how popular it is and how much everyone loves it, and we do apologize for the inconvenience.”

The part is estimated to cost less than $200 and will be covered through the park maintenance fund, he said.

Ethan and Luke’s moms, Christine Demrovsky and Julia Ramsier, were still at the park two hours after arriving Wednesday afternoon. Both traveled from Wadsworth with three kids each and took advantage of what the park still had to offer.

“We’re still having a great day,” Ramsier said, laughing. “The kids are having a great time at the playground, they have each other to play with, and it’s a beautiful day out … what more can you ask for? We absolutely love the splash pad, though, and it’s always worth the drive into the city. The kids were pretty bummed when we first got here, but they’re definitely fine now.”

Residents can check www.medinaoh.org for updates. The closing is listed on the right side of the page.

Swanson said the Medina City Pool, 421 E. Homestead St., is open for business 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Sunday.
Admission is $3 per person for a daily pool pass. Children younger than age 5 and seniors older than 60 are admitted free.

Contact Dani Orr at (330) 721-4049 or dorr@medina-gazette.com.