Splash Pad in West Plains' Butler Children's Park Reopens
The new Splash Pad in West Plains' Butler Children's Park lasted less than a month after opening on May 12 of this year. A vertical feature designed to look like a clarinet and dump buckets of water became dislodged from its base, and the entire Splash Pad was shut down last week for repairs. The clarinet is located in the center of the pad and was re-anchored, and the park reopened this past week. The damage was first believed to be intentional, but is possible was caused by larger children or adults climbing, hanging on, or shaking the feature, for which it is not designed. The posted rules for use clearly stated this was a forbidden activity, and additional regulations and signs have been added. In addition, security cameras overlooking the park were added Friday, June 4. Complaints of further misuse alleged on Facebook included older children riding bikes on the pad and children carrying gravel, rocks, and mud from the park playground onto the pad. Installation of fencing is also possible in the future. Nearly a quarter-million dollars has been paid out of money budgeted from the city's Capitol improvements tax for the pad. West Plains City officials ask anyone seeing adults, older children playing on the equipment or anyone using the equipment in ways it is not intended to call the West Plains Police Department at 417-256-2544.