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Forsyth city manager Janice Hall told city council on March 16 that repairs to the city’s splash pad at Country Club Park will cost close to $35,000. She said materials will be over $23,000 and labor is estimated at $9,000. Council approved the repairs unanimously without discussion.

The blue material that covers the concrete flooring of the splash pad has been separating and washing away since it was installed. Little beads of material have steadily come off the covering. The city is no longer dealing with the company that installed the splash pad, Mack Cain Design Studio, having had multiple issues with the integrity of the company’s work.

The city had to scrape away the material that was coming apart and has contracted with Carlos Lora, who works with splash pads across North America, to replace the covering. Some nozzles on the splash pad that have never worked well will also be replaced. Hall said that some splash pads don’t have coverings over the concrete, but it is safer to have a covering, especially if there has been one previously. 

Hall said the pad was removed from the water feature in October or November, but estimates for repairs were previously much lower because wrong measurements were given for the estimate.They were figured on wrong square footage and on a 3/8th inch pad whereas the pad is just over 1/2 inch thick.

All of the materials have been ordered and should arrive by about March 25. Installation should only take a couple of days. The goal was to have the splash pad ready and open for Monroe County Schools Spring Break April 6-10. The splash pad won’t open until restrictions on crowds because of the coronavirus are lifted. But when that happens, the splash pad should be ready for play.

Hall said that once the new covering is installed it should last at least 10 years with routine maintenance. The city began the $207,000 splash pad project in 2017, and the water feature opened in 2018.

At its March 16 meeting council also unanimously approved $5,000 to buy 1,000 units of fireworks from J & M Displays for the city’s July 3 fireworks show. The fireworks were ordered by Forsyth Economic Development Director Tammie Pierson. Hall said $5,000 is less than half what the city paid for fireworks last year so she assumed this was a deposit for the fireworks.