Splash pad repair work begins

Southwood pool closed until at least Saturday

Representatives of equipment manufacturer Aquatix and Parkersburg City Engineer Adam Stout, right, work on a fix for the tube slide at the City Park splash pad Thursday. The facility has been closed since a temporary cessation order was issued July 3 by the West Virginia Division of Labor over a safety concern after at least two children were injured on the slide. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — A repair to the Parkersburg City Park splash pad is under way.

Representatives of Aquatix, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of the splash pad, were on-site Thursday to work on the tube slide, where at least two children have reportedly been injured since the $1.3 million addition to the park opened at the end of May.

A spokeswoman for the company previously said the fix would involve eliminating a ridge on a transitional piece between the slide and exit path and extending the exit path.

The slide was closed nearly two weeks ago after the second reported injury. It had been closed for a few days the week before after a 3-year-old boy suffered a gash to the back of his head that required six staples. Replacement of a portion of the slide was initially thought to address the issue, but another child sustained an injury later that week.

On July 3, the West Virginia Division of Labor’s Amusement Rides and Amusement Attractions Safety section ordered the entire splash pad closed until the issue was addressed.

Representatives of equipment manufacturer Aquatix work on a fix for the tube slide at the City Park splash pad Thursday. The facility has been closed since a temporary cessation order was issued July 3 by the West Virginia Division of Labor over a safety concern after at least two children were injured on the slide. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

A spokesman for the Division of Labor initially said the pad was not properly registered, but that was incorrect. The facility is properly registered, he said Thursday, and can be reopened once it is inspected and found to be in compliance.

No timetable for that had been announced Thursday afternoon.

Since the closure of the splash pad, the pool at City Park and the pool and waterslide at Southwood Park have been open free of charge.

However, the Southwood pool closed Thursday because a crack had developed in the tank that regulates its chlorine content, Mayor Tom Joyce said.

The pool is expected to reopen Saturday if chlorine is delivered on time, he said.

Because of the heat, the City Park pool was open an additional two hours until 8 p.m. Thursday and will be again today.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com

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