The Huron Park Splash Pad will close Tuesday to work out its kinks and prepare for 2010.
In a news release Tuesday, June Nagy, the city's recreation coordinator, said "modifications" will begin after the closing of the pad. Those modifications include improving the pad surface and drains, and remedial work to establish grass around the pad.
John Hancock, the city's director of planning, engineering and development, said earlier this week those modifications will be done for free under warranty by Mazur North America, the builder of the attraction.
"The reception by the public to this recreational facility has been overwhelming," Nagy wrote. "These preparations will ensure the Splash Pad will be ready for a full season of use next year."
The Splash Pad, which opened Aug. 6, provides children and families a place to enjoy watery delights not previously afforded to residents.
Because the city does not have a public pool or beach, children flocked to the attraction during a heat wave that struck the city mid-August.
"It's the best thing the city's done in years," said Nicole Reynolds, mother of three, on a recent steamy summer afternoon.
Reynolds looked on as her children played under waterfalls originating from 10-foot high plastic buckets.
But the Splash Pad has had its share of problems, too. Its flawed design and drainage system has created a muddy, slick, wasp-filled track around its edges.
The pad also uses a lot of fresh water in a city hoping to build a green reputation.
"Recycling and rerouting the water were researched but deemed not feasible because of the considerable expense (many, many thousands of dollars)," wrote Barb Hanck, president of the Sandusky/Erie County Communtiy Foundation, in an e-mail to the Register on Monday.
Mazur installed a new monitoring system last week, Hancock said, which will better regulate when the water turns on and off to waste less water.
According to Tuesday's news release, the splash pad will reopen in May 2010.