Regulations a drain on wading pools in city parks

Regulations a drain on wading pools in city parks

EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene plans to permanently close all wading pools in city parks at the end of 2009 and begin converting the facilities into spray play parks.

The planned closures are the result of changing state health regulations requiring wading pools to have re-circulating and disinfecting water systems.

The systems are prohibitively expensive for the city to install in existing aging facilities, according to the city.
Instead, the City of Eugene and the Eugene Parks Foundation plan to convert the pools into spray play parks over the next several years.

The change affects wading pools at Washington, Monroe, Fairmount, State Street, University and Sladden parks.

Spray play parks incorporate user-activated fountains and jets to create water play areas.

If fundraising is successful, the first conversion is scheduled for Washington Park in the summer of 2010.

The community is invited to a public workshop to learn more about the project and share their thoughts and ideas.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington Street in Eugene. The even also features music and light refreshments.