CRETE – In the first week of June, the Wildwood Pool splash pad in Crete suffered a catastrophic failure with its water system underneath, and the pad raised significantly.
About 6-8 inches, according to officials.
“Water and soil was basically roiling out from underneath,” city administrator Tom Ourada said.”
The splash pad will not be operational this season, according to a post on the Crete city website Tuesday.
The city has notified the engineer and installer on what happened, and what needs to be done going forward. The extent of the damage will not be known until crews can see under the concrete.
Crews will not demolish the splash pad until after the pool closes in August. At that time, they will determine the point of failure.
Estimates show the demo and replacement expenses in excess of $100,000.
Ourada says the city will take the rest of the summer to see what can be made better about the spash pad in the future.
“We want to focus on what we can make better and bigger about the splash pad for next year,” he said. “We want to try and make lemonade out of lemons with this.”
The city plans to refund people who had pool passes, and only planned on using the splash pad this summer.
The city office says they’re open to any and all new ideas for a new splash pad, particularly from the lifeguards and pool managers who work at Wildwood.
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