TURLOCK — Dolphins spouted, coconuts spilled and hoops sprayed Monday at Columbia Park.
About 15 children at any one time splashed and played at the city’s new water park, reopened after a glitch closed it down last month.
Director of Development Services Mike Pitcock said the problem, which cropped up June 10, was a communication problem “between animals.”
At last week’s City Council meeting, Pitcock said a radio signal between the devices was failing. “We’re trying to figure out how we can get the radio signal better.”
Pitcock’s report came with a change order that brought the project cost to $320,617; the city had set aside $400,000 in redevelopment money to pay for the park on Turlock’s west side.
Back in action, the park drew children from all over town — and outside of it — Monday afternoon.
Gabriel Martinez of Los Banos brought several family members to cool off in the 90-degree heat.
“We don’t have anything like this in Los Banos,” he said. “Our neighbors” — he pointed to another couple sitting nearby — “told us about this.”
The Ward and Wooley families of Turlock also spent Monday at Columbia, with children ranging in age from 9 months to 11 years — “and Dad,” said Ranae Wooley, as her husband chased the kids through the water.
“The kids cool off and get a lot of exercise,” said Kelly Ward.
Wooley pointed out the advantage Columbia’s facility has over a similar one at Broadway Park across town — it’s set back further from the road. Several children played at Broadway Park Monday, but there weren’t as many as at Columbia.
Another concern — that the free water park would draw paying customers away from the city’s adjacent pool, didn’t seem to be coming to fruition Monday, as dozens of children and adults paid $1 each to frolic in Columbia’s pool.