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Ready for some fun? Splash pad now open

July 14, 2018

It’s one more thing that can be enjoyed by all.

Embrace Park’s new splash pad was dedicated Thursday night as the latest feature of the effort to provide accessible playground equipment.

Embrace Park, which opened last fall, is located just west of the Norfolk Family YMCA on Benjamin Avenue.

It was made possible through a fundraising effort led by Emily Afrank and others who saw the need for providing a playground that was designed in a way that everyone — even those with physical limitations — could make use of.

Installation of the splash pad was delayed until this year.

Among its features are a water cannon, a trio of buckets that dumps water on those beneath them, a directional jet and a spray loop.

It also features colorful items including a fish, geyser, sea silhouette angel fish, team spray and what’s called an “aquadome.”

In all, the splash pad is 1,853 square feet. There are four benches and a shade structure as part of it.

The splash pad itself is on a timer which runs from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. It can be activated by hitting a “play” button in the center of the pad. Once activated, the water will run for four minutes and can be reset by pushing the “play” button once time is up.

Now that it is open, the splash pad will be available for use each year until Sept. 30. In the future, it will begin operations each year on Memorial Day.

The Lion’s Club of Norfolk donated a water fountain and a plaque to display at the park.

Funds for the splash pad were raised by the same volunteers who raised money for the playground equipment at Embrace Park.

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