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Splash pad opens in time for record heat

The splash pad’s recent opening completes the latest project at the Energy Capital Sports Complex and that is fantastic news for residents who want to cool off from the scorching temperatures this weekend.

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The impending splash down of a full bucket of water causes children to cover their faces and close their eyes tight during an afternoon cooling down at the new Energy Capital Sports Complex splash pad. Temperatures hit 90 degrees for the first time of the summer season Thursday.

The 2,150-square-foot splash pad, which opened May 28, measures 32 feet wide and 70 feet long. It has multiple features where water is shot up from the ground at different height levels, including an upright water feature people can turn and spin called the Hydrohelix and the Verso Splash, which is a bucket that drops water on people. Each water feature runs on a 10-minute timer.

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Children play Thursday at the city of Gillette’s new splash pad at the Energy Capital Sports Complex.

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Jordyn Timberman, 5, splashes around in a water feature at the Energy Capital Sports Complex splash pad Thursday.

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Navina Huntley, 12, reacts to being splashed in the face with a stream of water at the splash pad Thursday afternoon.

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Leroy Becker, 14 months, yells in excitement while playing at the Energy Capital Sports Complex splash pad Thursday.

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