Pasadena park points to a space-themed splash pad


“The rest of our splash pads are scattered throughout the northern half of the city, and we didn’t have anything like that in the southern half of town,” Pasadena Parks Director Jed Aplaca said. “Holly Bay also has enough room to put in a splash pad; so that was something we (have been) looking at to add for a while.” Pasadena operates three other splash pads, which are at Red Bluff, Memorial and Sunset parks.

The Holly Bay splash pad is planned for the northeast corner of the 30-acre park. Owing to its proximity to NASA and Ellington Field, the splash pad will have a space theme.

“I’d love to break ground on it in May,” Aplaca said. “My goal is to have it in and ready to go before the end of summer.” “We’re trying to play off of NASA a little bit with a rocket-ship design, which will be pretty neat, and we have some round water features (to represent) planets,” Aplaca said.

The $276,907 splash pad was approved on first reading at the April 6 City Council meeting. It is expected to pass its second reading on April 20, which would pave the way for the project to begin. “It will be between the playground and the trailhead for the Armand Bayou Hike and Bike Trail in the big grassy area that is there,” Aplaca said.

“It’s a good-sized splash pad, and we also included a seating area so that parents a can watch their kids while they play,” he said. He said the aquatic play space is designed for all ages. There also will be a feature that will appeal to parents.

John DeLapp is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at Source

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