By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Veterans Park splash pad reopens to the public this weekend after months of off-season inactivity.
It will keep weekend hours – opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – from now until Memorial Day, at which point it will stay open seven days per week, said Lisa Russell of Tupelo Parks and Recreation.
A popular family destination, the area typically attracts large crowds, especially on the weekends when children come to frolic in the water features.
Several youth already splashed in the park this week as the city performed test runs.
The splash pad is located near the Veterans Park playground. It opened in 2008 to replace an aging swimming pool behind the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and cost $225,000 to install.
With no lifeguard and little maintenance cost, the pad saves the city an estimated $50,000 annually it otherwise was spending on the pool.
In comparison, the pad costs about $6,000 annually for water usage.
Currently, it’s Tupelo’s only splash pad. But the city has plans to eventually install others. Possible locations include Gum Tree Park and City Park.
HOURS: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
DATES: Fridays through Sundays from now until May 20; seven days a week from Memorial Day through summer.
LOCATION: Veterans Park, near the playground