UPDATE: Kids flock to newly repaired City Park splash pad

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/15/19 3:15 P.M.

Several hundred people cooled off over the weekend as the Parkersburg City Park splash pad re-opened after being closed for more than a week while crews completed state-mandated modifications.

Mayor Tom Joyce said attendance on Saturday and Sunday averaged 225.

The West Virginia Department of Labor ordered the facility closed on July 3 after getting a complaint related to recent injuries on a slide at the facility, which first opened last spring.

The city worked with the manufacturer and state officials to complete upgrades, and the splash pad re-opened on Friday.

In a statement, Joyce said the tube slide, permalene panel and fiberglass runnel were aligned and secured with additional fasteners to prevent them from moving.

Workers also installed an extension of the flume at the end of the tube. The extension had the added feature of allowing four inches of water for decelerating.

In addition, the edges of the two inlets in the flume were smoothed, and longer pads were installed at the exits of the other slides to allow more room for decelerating


UPDATE: 7/8/19 5:45 P.M.

State inspectors and a manufacturer representative are expected to be at the new Parkersburg City Park splash pad on Friday, officials said.

City officials said the West Virginia Department of Labor temporarily shut down the splash pad on July 3 after getting a complaint related to recent injuries on a slide at the facility, which first opened this spring.

Andy Malinoski, a spokesman for the state's Department of Commerce, said on Monday that the closure was ordered closed because of safety concerns and because the attraction was not properly registered.

He said state inspectors and someone from the manufacturer are expected to be at the splash pad on Friday and that it could be re-opened if it's found to be in compliance.

Because of the closure, city officials offered free admission to the City Park and Southwood Park swimming pools until the splash-pad work is being completed.


The new Parkersburg City Park splash pad could be closed for the next 10 days, the city said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

The city said the West Virginia Department of Labor ordered the closing after someone filed a complaint related to recent injuries on a slide at the facility, which first opened this spring.

Mayor Tom Joyce said the Labor Department will not disclose who filed the complaint.

Joyce said the slide in question has been closed since Friday, but the Labor Department wanted the entire splash pad taken out of service while the slide is modified.

"I am confident that the manufacturer and contractor will move as fast as they can to complete the necessary modifications to ensure a safe and effective facility for our residents," Joyce said in the news release. "The swimming pool at City Park is unaffected by the order and will remain open for the enjoyment of our community.

While the work is being completed, Joyce said admission to the City Park and Southwood Park swimming pools will be free.