Splash Pad Provides Splashing Good Time!

June 2, 2024 / Donna Williams

Since turning the water on in July 2021, Farmville’s Community Splash Pad has brought thrills and delight to residents in town and beyond. Its unique features, location, and free cost makes it one of the most sought after destinations in town. 

The splash pad is approximately 1,880 square feet of fun. It features several water features including an aqua drop, aqua arch, parasol, water weaver, two tower sprays and Charlotte’s Web – named for its wide-spread circular pattern of water resembling a spider weaving its web.

The bucket drop is a favorite of both children and parents alike. Operated on a timer, the bucket drop allows water to be collected in a bucket high in the air. Children wait patiently for the bucket to fill before its contents are emptied on their heads below. 

The splash pad operates on a flow-through system that does not require the use of chemicals like a recirculating system. It also does not require tanks.

The Splash Pad’s location also makes this attraction amenable to visitors. It is located at  3433 Park St., adjacent to the Farmville Boys & Girls Club and across the street from J.Y. Monk Park and The Little Red School.

This allows both the Farmville Boy & Girls Club and The Little Red School to utilize the park during their operation hours. 

It also provides an opportunity for children and families to visit the J.Y. Monk park across the street. J.Y. Monk park features several attractions for children including upgraded playground equipment, large slide, picnic shelter, newly added pickleball court, sand volleyball court, and basketball court. It also features a storywalk that families can participate in at their own liking. 

Having both amenities across the street from each other allows hours of fun for families all at a zero cost to the families. 

The Splash Pad’s location also allows for future expansion and plans are in the works. The Splash Pad itself can be expanded upon, playground equipment can be added as well as park benches or picnic tables added. 

The Splash Pad was designed with all ages in mind – including those still young at heart. Its open design allows for participants to play freely while experiencing the delight of the pad’s water features while allowing accessibility to disabled visitors as well. 

It’s open design also allows for parents and guardians to sit while having an unobstructed view of their loved ones enjoying the various water features. 

It is also conveniently located by a free-to-use public bathroom, which is unique for splash pads across the area.

Since opening, many have flocked to the area for some splashing and thrilling fun. Its first season saw a non-stop inquiry about the splash pad with visitors coming from near and far. 

Opening the Splash Pad was a great achievement for the town, with Commissioners working for years on determining the best layout, water operation system, location, and features. 

“The splash pad is a tremendous asset to the town of Farmville. Parents can watch their kids play while they sit and talk while not worrying about their children’s safety. There will also always be children of all ages out there for children to play with,” said Farmville Mayor John Moore. 

“The Splash Pad will evolve and change throughout time with the town keeping our citizens and their needs and desires in mind. It is a huge asset to our town and I thank folks for supporting it like they have.”

The Splash Pad opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.