**HUMISTON RIVERSIDE SPLASH PAD UPDATE**
We wanted to provide updated information regarding our Humiston Riverside Splash Pad. The splash pad will be open starting tomorrow, July 5th! We will be open everyday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The splash pad will be operated in 2-hour “open play” periods followed by 1-hour of cleaning. The schedule is as follows:
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – open play
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – cleaning
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – open play
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – cleaning
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – open play
**HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO USE THE SPLASH PAD AT ONE TIME?**
Per IDPH guidance we will only be allowing 50 people maximum into the facility (this includes both the playground area and the splash pad). The 50-person maximum includes users who are there to just watch as well, so please be courteous and mindful of others when you are deciding to visit our facility.
Upon entering the front gates, you will be greeted by one of our staff members. Our staff will be taking everyone’s temperature with a non-contact thermometer followed by additional health screening questions. Once that is completed, every person will then receive a colored wrist band that is valid for that 2-hour time period only (we want to make sure that we only have 50 people in our facility at one time). Once the 2-hour open play period is complete, we will then request everyone to exit the facility and we will then begin sanitizing the equipment, bathrooms, tables and playground.
We know that some users will decide to wait until the hour of cleaning is complete to come back, which is totally fine! Everyone is more than welcome to use other areas of Humiston Riverside Park, but we request that everyone still follow social distancing guidelines while they wait for our staff to complete their required cleaning.
**SO, WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE THE SPLASH PAD AT ONE TIME?**
If we do reach our capacity of 50 people and there are others waiting to use the splash pad, we will proceed with a 1 in 1 out policy. By doing this, it will allow us to still meet the IDPH guidelines of 50 users at one time.
**CAN I COME BACK IF I DECIDE TO LEAVE?**
Yes! You can leave and come back at any time. But please remember that the splash pad may fill up quickly and if someone does decide to leave, we will then request them to go through our staff at the front gates to verify we have not reached capacity.
**WILL THE BATHROOMS BE OPEN? WHAT ABOUT CONCESSIONS?**
The bathrooms will be open, yes! We are however locking the doors to the bathrooms from the front (closest to water street). The reason we are doing this is to funnel everyone through our staff to have an accurate record of number of persons in our facility. The doors inside of the facility will be open at any time!
The concession stand will not be open this year. We ask that there be no food, candy, gum, and beverages on splash pad. On the deck near the tables is completely fine! We want to make sure we keep our filters clean. We also ask that no one bring anyone glass or metal objects. There are plenty of bare feet running around and we don’t want any accidents. Thanks!
**DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK?**
If the user is in the splash pad and enjoying the water features, no mask is needed. If anyone is not using the splash pad and unable to socially distance from others, it is encouraged from IDPH to wear a mask (if possible).
Lastly, we ask that we work through this opening together. This is a situation that is foreign to everyone. We are going to do everything we can to keep everyone as safe as possible while still having fun! That is what summer is for right?
But we know there will be ups and downs in our opening, and beyond, so we ask that you be patient with us as we work through those situations (whatever they may be).
Okay, let’s have some fun tomorrow and we can’t wait to see everyone back at Humiston Riverside Park!
Taylor Baxter, Director
Pontiac Parks and Recreation