Fuquay-Varina is gearing up for the grand opening of the town's first splash pad, posting a live cam of the construction and rules for the spot.
The celebration is set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, at South Park, 900 S. Main St. Admission and activities are free. The morning includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, ice pops, T-shirts (one per person) and bounce houses. Admission to the splash pad will continue to be free this summer. It's slated to stay open through Labor Day and possibly beyond depending on the weather.
The 6,000-square-foot splash pad is shaped like a pentagon and includes lots of jets of streaming water from more than 35 water features. The water won't be continually spraying. It starts shooting out the water when it's in use.
Fuquay-Varina has a live cam of the construction so you can follow the progress of the splash pad construction. Vortex Aquatic Structures International, Inc., the leading design and manufacturer in the industry, helped Fuquay put the splash pad together.
The town also is installing a new picnic shelter in the park next month and upgrading the playground this fall.
The town has published some rules and regulations for the splash pad, which will be under video surveillance and regularly monitored. Here are the rules, according to the town's website:
- All children must have adult supervision at all times. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper
- At the first sign of thunder or lightning, vacate the splash pad and seek a fully enclosed shelter.
- Water shoes/sandals are strongly recommended.
- The following activities and items are not permitted in the splash pad area: Climbing, sitting, or playing on splash pad apparatus; drinking splash pad water, spitting and spouting of water from the mouth; running, rough play and profanity; inflatable pool toys, athletic or other recreation equipment; food, candy, gum, beverages and glass containers; soaps, detergents, and shampoos; animals, except service animals; changing diapers; radios and other noisemaking devices; skateboards, skates, Razors, roller blades, scooters, bicycles and similar recreation equipment; and smoking.