O'Fallon to spend $66,000 on water feature at new park

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by Brian Feldman / KMOV

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 6:02 PM

O'FALLON, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- The City of O'Fallon is spending more than $66,000 on a splash pad to be installed at its newest playground.  The pad is expected to be ready for use in June.

A splash pad is a water recreaction area that does not have any standing water.  Water drains through a rain deck that people stand on.  Other typical features include various shaped structures that shoot water in all directions.
 
City spokesman Tom Drabelle says O'Fallon worked with a company in designing the playground so it could be all inclusive.  Part of that includes making sure children who have trouble regulating their body heat have a way of cooling down.  This splash pad is a way for them to do that so they can stay out longer in the hot summer months.
 
Drabelle says the splash pad ended up costing much less than the city thought it would.  It was believed to cost more than $100,000.  


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