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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Dell Holmes Park splash pad set to open Saturday!

One of my family's favorite playgrounds in the bay area is Dell Holmes Park, which sits along the shores of Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg. But even though the playground has been there for a couple years, to us it's brand new because we only just discovered it about a year ago.

A friend visited the park, at 2741 22nd St.S, and then sent out an email to all of her Momma friends telling them what a Mom_dellholmes wonderful site it was. She wasn't exaggerating. The shade covered picnic areas with grills, the boundless playground, the cool equipment and swings make it one of the nicest playgrounds around. Since finding it last year, we've had a "Noon Year's Eve" party there, my son's birthday party and the friend who originally tipped us to it just had her daughter's birthday party there.

And now, it's about to get even better. On Saturday at 9 a.m. the city of St. Petersburg is planning a dedication ceremony for the park's new splash pad area, a wet playground of sorts where kids can run around and get cooled off in sprinklers and mists. Mike Vineyard, the city's park operations manager, says that an in-ground tank holds about 3,000 gallons of chlorinated water that is recirculated through the splash pad. The water is also filtered to prevent any germs.

The splash pad, which will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., has motion sensors so that kids set off the water features. There are frogs, sunflowers and fish that shoot jets of water, floor jets and half rings that shoot jets into the center of the splash pad. And the mists and sprays run for 15 minutes until someone else sets it all in motion again. Up to 70 bathers can be on the splash pad and with the heat that has been rolling into the bay area already, I can imagine that it will fill up fairly fast.

The park itself opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset. Vineyard said the city set the time to open the splash pad at 9 a.m. so that workers can make sure it is cleaned up from the previous day.

Mommas, make sure your little ones who aren't potty-trained are wearing swim diapers. Slather on the sunscreen, wear water shoes if you got them and bring your towels. I know where my kids will be hanging out to keep cool this summer.

-- Sherry Robinson

[Times files of Dell Holmes Park]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:01am]


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