“COVID-19 has done a lot, but I did not expect it to do this here”: Kids react to closed splash pad in city park

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Families looking to cool down on a hot day in a favorite Colorado Springs park got an unexpected surprise, making kids, like six-year-old Houston Faunce, “a little mad, I guess.” 

“I was feeling shocked and kind of disappointed. I know COVID-19 has done a lot, but I did not expect it to do this here,” said 11-year-old Caleb Ingram. 

The City of Colorado Springs adjusted hours the hours at all three of their splash parks, but not everyone got the memo. 

“I just looked at the website this morning and from what I read, it looked like was going to have regular sessions at 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., and then so on. So, I thought we were going to play at the park for a little while and then do the splash pad,” said Amber Ingram, who was at the park with her three kids.

The reduced hours are a seasonal change, as staff numbers drop and kids get ready to head back to school. Now, there is the additional concern of keeping up with regulations in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With COVID in general like, pools are limited with their hours as well and so, there’s not much water play for the kids during the summer, especially on hot days like today. So, the splash pad has always been a great option,” said Lisa Fox, who planned to spend the day at the park with her kids. 

While splash pads are typically open on weekdays through Labor Day, but according to the city, new safety guidelines require attendants in place, during operating hours – an expectation never before required.

Still, some parents aren’t happy.

“We usually go to the pool a lot, so this is kind of a break from swimming. So yeah, it’s kind of frustrating because this is free and the pool costs,” said Eddie Faunce, a dad of two boys.

“We haven’t done a lot this summer because there hasn’t been a whole lot open, so kids were excited about this and I am disappointed and disappointed that it didn’t make it real clear on the website as well,” Ingram said. 

Still, other areas, such as park and trails are open for business as the summer winds down.

“We might be playing at the playground, we don’t know though,” Ingram said. 

Click here for updated hours for each splash park. 

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