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Pasco County debuts its new splash pad to beat the summer heat

The new social hub has opened at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson.
Children enjoy the new splash pad opened at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson late month.
Children enjoy the new splash pad opened at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson late month. [ Pasco County ]
Published Jun. 3
Updated Jun. 3

HUDSON — Pasco County officials and community partners gathered last month to cut the ribbon and officially open their new water cycle splash pad at Veterans Memorial Park, at 14333 Hicks Road.

The park is a community effort spearheaded by the Investigation Station, a non-profit organization that provides interactive educational exhibits. Lisa Campos, the group’s director, said in the video about the splash pad ribbon cutting that the group provides “a traveling children’s museum.” In this case, the attraction has features demonstrating the water cycle, including precipitation, condensation and evaporation.

In addition to the Investigation Station, the splash pad also received financial assistance from the Hudson Rotary Club and a number of local businesses.

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources provided the land for the splash pad, the sidewalks connecting it to the park and one of the water features. The county also plans to add benches and will manage the facility.

The splash pad operates with the push of a button, which turns on all of the water features for 20 minutes. Summer season hours are 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the splash pad rules, visit: bit.ly/3oMPygn.

Like any playground, the splash pad is expected to be a social hub where parents will gather with other families, said Brian Taylor of Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

“I think the whole community is going to be super excited about this,” said Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, who invited residents to the facility just before being doused with water on the ribbon cutting video.