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County Orders Splash Parks Open Early

Syracuse: 90-plus temps ‘good reason to cool kids down’

Author: Christian Peck/Friday, May 27, 2016/Categories: General

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Olcott—Niagara County’s two splash parks will be open for business Saturday, earlier than a planned Monday opening, the government’s public works leadership announced this morning.

The order to open the splash parks, located at Krull Park in Olcott and Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield, earlier than planned came from Legislator John Syracuse, R-Newfane, chairman of the County Legislature’s Infrastructure & Facilities Committee, and County Manager Rick Updegrove, after the two conferred about weather forecasts that project a high of 91 degrees in Lockport Saturday.

“We all agreed that a schedule written in the winter shouldn’t trump common sense,” Syracuse said. “Buildings and Grounds personnel are getting the lines purged and checking for any winter damage today, but 90-degree temperatures—the hottest weekend of the summer, potentially—seem like a pretty good reason to open the valves early and cool our kids down.”

Director Buildings and Grounds Jeffrey Gaston indicated that initial checks on the water lines were positive and water would be flowing Saturday morning, at an 11 a.m. ceremonial opening of the Krull Park splash pad. The Oppenheim Park splash pad will also be turned on Saturday morning.

The splash pads, added to the parks in recent years, feature various pipes, water cannons, dumping buckets, and ground sprays for children (and accompanying adults) to play among.

Krull Park is located at 6108 Lake Road in Olcott, with the splash pad located in the portion of the park situated south of Lake Road.

Oppenheim Park is located at 2713 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield.

Both splash pads will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the summer.

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