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Construction Begins on Splash Pad in Monroe

Construction crews are breaking ground for the new splash pad in Monroe.
MONROE -- Construction crews are breaking ground for the new splash pad in Monroe.

The new splash zone is a new addition at the Louisiana Purchase Garden's and Zoo.

"Now I can see actually how big it's going to be once it's completed, so that's really fun," said Joe Clawson, the zoo director.

This week, crews started digging the outline of the splash zone, right next to the baby hippo exhibit.

Zoo officials say the new splash pad will be zero depth, meaning it will have no deep water to cause drowning concerns. It will also feature a chlorinated, recirculating system to save water.

"It is going to be almost the size of a basketball court, and it's going to have about 26 different little features, different water heads, spouters and sprayers on there -- tunnels, a whale, and a pelican," said Clawson. "It is designed so that it can be used by children ages 3 to 93."

Zoo officials expect a grand opening around Easter this spring for the splash pad.

It won't cost you extra to play in the water -- the splash pad will be included in the general admission.

"I'm grateful for the support, I've had a lot of help from citizens, city council, the mayor," said Clawson. "There isn't a department in the city that hasn't come out and really helped us. It's a real team effort."
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