The start of a study into splash pads may lead to one or more of Muskego's parks to feature the summertime cool zones.
Donovan Winter, an intern serving in the Parks and Recreation Department, has been working on a project to collect information from various cities that already have the water feature in their parks. Parks Director Craig Anderson explained Monday night to the Parks Board that he and Winter had begun to meet with other municipalities to gather information on how they use the splash pads, what they cost and how they're funded.
Winter told Muskego Patch that it was still to early to determine what a splash pad would cost, as much depends on the size, how it is supplied with water and which park it could be placed in.
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Splash pads are basically water playgrounds, with padded surfaces to walk on and various sprinklers to get kids and adults wet and cooled off. The bonus is that there is no standing water, and therefore no need for lifeguards to supervise users.
Anderson said the meetings they have had with Portage, Middleton and New Berlin parks representatives revealed that such features are generally funded in part by organizations and other outside donors. If the decision is made to request one for Muskego Parks, it's likely either Veteran's Memorial Park or Moorland Park would be the first site.