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Muskego asks if residents are interested in a splash pad

Nov. 30, 2012

Muskego - Muskego is conducting an online survey to see if there is enough interest in creating a splash pad, an area that youngsters run through and are squirted or doused with water from fountains, geysers, showers, water cannons or other structures on the pad.

"We don't have any water except the lakes and these are for age 12 and under," said Tammy Dunn, recreation program manager.

Younger kids tend to love splash pads even if they don't like swimming because they don't have to actually go into the water, she said. They can control how wet they get, and even a 2-year-old can run and play safely on a splash pad, Dunn said.

A splash pad has been in the city's park and open space plan for about eight years, she said.

Now the city is conducting a survey through Dec. 17 to test community interest. Those wanting to participate can go to surveymonkey.com/s/K3TC33M.

Or they can take the eight-question survey at the city website, www.ci.muskego.wi.us.

Recreation intern Donovan Winter plans to make a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board in January incorporating the survey results and the estimated cost of splash pads. The board already expressed interest in testing community support after he outlined the plan in October.

"The survey will go a long way to tell us where we are or will be," Winter said. The survey should take only a couple of minutes to complete, he said.

New Berlin is going through a similar process of exploring creating a splash pad. Even though New Berlin is just over Muskego's border, Muskego youngsters would benefit from a splash pad in their own community, Dunn said.

"People tend to visit parks within their own community," she said, especially when they plan to stay only a couple of hours.

- Jane Ford-Stewart

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