Water now flows in Turlock park

TURLOCK — Hundreds of children have splashed and played in the city's new water park, which opened last month in Columbia Park.

But the play was put on hold, as a problem developed with a part called an activator Thursday, said Allison Van Guilder, interim division manager of the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department.

"We hope to have it fixed (Friday night)," she said. It will reopen to the public today.

Van Guilder said it didn't seem as if anyone had vandalized the equipment; it was just a construction problem that took a few weeks to develop.

The $400,000 water park was a popular project among city leaders, who set aside redevelopment money to put the feature in Columbia, on the city's west side. It features spraying palm trees, frogs and fish, and water shooting from the floor. It sits next to Columbia pool, the only city-owned pool in Turlock.