Splash pad closes for season after Saturday

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Kilgore’s Lazy Splash Ranch is ready to hibernate for the winter.

Anyone wanting to take a turn through the Kilgore City Park splash pad has until Saturday: city employees will be shutting down the still-new attraction Oct. 14 ahead of cooling temperatures.

According to the city’s parks and facilities director, Danny Downing, the water will spray again come spring and a string of warm weather days.

“The year has been great and it’s fun,” he said Tuesday, “but as all good things must come to an end, for this brief, short time until the weather warms up, it will be closed.

“I don’t know when we’ll open again, because it will be due to weather. When we have 80 degree-plus continuous days for a week, we will open it.”

Hopefully, Downing added, that could fall as early as April, but it could be May. City of Kilgore officials, sponsors and well-wishers celebrated the grand opening of the splash pad this year, on April 29. Lazy Splash Ranch is named in honor of the late Betty and Sonnie Spradlin.

It hasn’t just been fun and games since that time, according to Downing, though there’s been a regular flow of users since the spring.

In the meantime, “We’ve updated the control panel that we have, and we’ve upgraded our fencing around it,” he said. More projects are ahead during the off-season including, hopefully, a new shade structure to replace unsatisfactory equipment that had to be removed prior the late-April’s ribbon cutting: “I’m working with a local company to build a framework to hold the awning. We hope to have that completed before our next season.”

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