WASHOE COUNTY NEWS — The grand opening of the North Valleys Splash Park, a 7,100 square foot water park in Washoe County’s North Valleys Regional Park, has been delayed from this season to the spring of 2014.
“During the design and construction of the park, it was determined that the electrical system of the surrounding facilities would also need to be upgraded,” said Washoe County Community Services Department Operations Director Dave Solaro. “This required additional electrical equipment, and the delay is due to the manufacturer’s availability of the electric switch gear used to support power for the water features and surrounding park facilities.”
Construction of the park began in March 2013 and is supported by funds from golf course water rights sales within the community and not general County funds. The water park will include over 7,000 square feet, with more than 20 different water features and over 60 spray heads. The new park also has more than two miles of water pipe.
“Our community has really been looking forward to the opening of the water park,” said District 5 County Commissioner Bonnie Weber. “So of course we’re disappointed about the delay. We look forward to family events in the North Valleys’ community between now and the grand opening and we welcome all our residents’ input and ideas.”
A partial electrical shut-down of the park on the north side where the community center is located is scheduled for September 3-10 to install a new transformer and the switch gear. In addition to the water park, the Community Services Department (CSD) will initiate the design phase of new baseball/softball fields and an additional trail system in the North Valleys Regional Park. The design of these projects are funded through the same water rights funds and supported by state recreational trail grant funds.
For more information on CSD and Regional Parks, visit www.washoecounty.us/parks. To receive automated County emails through cMail, sign up at www.washoecounty.us/cMail and select the category “parks and open space.”
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