Fort Payne dealing with splash pad problems

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Updated: May. 9, 2018 at 4:37 PM CDT
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FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - The temperatures are heating up, and so is the desire to cool off in the pool or at the splash pad.

Fort Payne officials are hoping the city's splash pad will not be out of service long for repairs when they determine the source of nonfunctional water jets.

Local kids are also hoping the same.

Mayor Larry Chesser said the first thing they've got to do is find out what's wrong with it, and they've got an interesting way of figuring that out.

Torie Simmons enjoys taking her 3-year-old son Samuel Thomas to the park, but she knows he has a more favorite place.

"Yeah, you like the splash pad?" asked Simmons.

"Yeah, I want to go," said Samuel.

But the city's splash pad isn't as perky as it once was.

"Last year, we had one nozzle that didn't work when we dewinterized it," said Chesser.

That's not a problem, but this year 16 are not working.

"Before we get out there with a jackhammer and start busting up concrete we want to know exactly what the problem is," said Chesser.

The mayor said they believe it has to do with the underground piping system. Problem is you can't see through concrete so the city's having to order a little high-tech device to identify the problem.

"So we're trying to get a camera small enough to go into a one-half inch PVC pipe," said Chesser.

Once they know what the problem is the mayor says they'll determine if it can be fixed in a reasonable amount of time or have to delay repairs until the fall.

Simmons hopes any repairs would be quick and not affect their summer fun too much.

"That would probably be very upsetting for a lot of kids. I know it would be upsetting for us because we love the splash pad," said Simmons.

The mayor says the camera should be in by the end of the week.

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