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Technical difficulties shut down Florence's splash pad

By Josh Ault  bio|e-mail

Posted by Fred Davenport -email

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -  Last summer, residents in the Shoals were thrilled with the new interactive fountain at River Heritage Park in Florence.

Now many families are disappointed to find out the new attraction is closed.  It was supposed to open up on Memorial Day.

The grand opening of the new interactive fountain drew large crowds in 2008.  One day managers counted more than 600 children enjoying the splash pad.

"It shoots up and it's fun," said Abbie Morris, a Florence resident who enjoyed the fountain last year.

If you visit the fountain now, it's closed.

"As we were walking down here towards this playground," said Roxi Suger, who was visiting River Heritage Park from New York, "I saw that and thought that should be spurting big things of water and how fun that would be."

She was disappointed the splash pad was not working.

"So excited to hear it's getting fixed," she said, "We are here through Saturday morning, don't know if we'll be here for opening day, but we'll be back."

That is the plan for now.

Signs have been posted throughout the park telling residents of the technical difficulties and that it should be open on Saturday.

One of the major problems is a lot of residents  don't know the splash pad is closed.

"We came to play at the fountain," said Christine Ross, who brought her kids to play in the fountain on Wednesday, "Coming to find out it was closed, it was very disappointing."

"It's kind of hot," said Jessica Motes, a Killen resident who brought her kids to play in the fountain, "We were really looking forward to the water."

City leaders said one of the nine pumps in the fountain broke and has to be replaced.

This is not the first time a pump has broken.  Since the feature is new, they hope it will be covered by the warranty.

This phase of development at River Heritage Park cost more than six million dollars. 

The splash pad is scheduled to re-open Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.

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