Officials consider new rules for parks, splash pad

Mar 20 2011 - 10:50pm

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RIVERDALE -- After opening a new splash pad last summer, city officials are considering adopting official rules for the free attraction at Riverdale Park as well as city parks in general.

"These (splash pad) rules were discussed last year but never officially adopted," according to an executive summary signed by City Attorney Steve Brooks and City Administrator Larry Hansen.

The city council plans to consider action on the new splash pad resolution as well as a proposed parks and trails chapter at its April 5 meeting.

According to the new language, the splash pad at 4300 S. Parker Drive will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. As the pad is unsupervised, the city emphasizes that children under age 8 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The new resolution also mentions proper swim attire. While thong bathing suits and transparent suits are banned, swim diapers and elastic pants for children are encouraged. Those diapers, however, cannot be changed in the splash pad area.

In addition, anyone who has had diarrhea or nausea within two weeks, or has open lesions, wounds, blisters, scrapes, or skin, eye, ear, or respiratory infections cannot use the splash pad.

According to the resolution, participants must conduct themselves in a courteous and safe manner. This means no climbing on the water features or blocking drains. Running and rough play are prohibited, as are skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, scooters, balls and toys in the splash pad area.

No smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, glass containers, water balloons, food, animals, soaps or detergents are allowed in or near the splash pad.

Parks users are not allowed to possess alcoholic beverages, turn up radios, or use glass containers. Only leashed dogs will be allowed in city parks, and owners must remove fecal matter. The penalty for not removing fecal matter would be $45.

Those violating the new park rules would be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, punishable by fine and imprisonment.

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