Last Monday, the city of Plano and Liberty Mutual celebrated the opening of the all-abilities Liberty Playground at Windhaven Meadows Park, but in just over a week, a hiccup has rendered the park’s new splash pad less splashy.
After some resident comments, the parks department on Wednesday announced it had to cut off the water to the feature, citing safety concerns. Parks spokesperson Kelley Crimmins said parks officials took a close look at the splash pad on Tuesday and determined some areas became too slippery for safe play, and an abundance of caution was necessary.
“We don’t want to put anybody, especially kids, at risk,” she said. “Before anything serious happened, we did not hesitate to go out there and examine it for ourselves and make that decision to turn the water off.”
Parks and rec staff are working with the designer of the facility to evaluate ways to improve the surface. In a statement released Wednesday, the city asked for understanding and pledged to reopen the splash pad as soon as possible.
With the impending cool-down this weekend, Crimmins said the water won’t likely be on for much longer before being turned off for the fall and winter months.
“The silver lining is that we got a little bit of use out of it before the summer was out,” she said. “It’s possible it will stay closed until spring, but we just don’t know until we get with the designer and find out what steps we’re going to have to take.”
The parks department will host a citywide celebration of the park’s opening from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. While the splash pad won’t be splashing, that’s only a small portion of the 20,000 square feet of play. Liberty Playground’s state-of-the-art amenities offer plenty of fun for everyone, literally. The all-abilities playground is specially designed to be an inclusive space for all children to play together.
Saturday’s event includes free yoga and Tai Chi, tours, crafts and pet adoptions with Plano Animal Services. The park is located at 5400 Windhaven Parkway.