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      Manion Park Water Playground Opens

      Saturday was the grand opening of the Manion Park water playground, and there are more playgrounds of its kind coming to Tulsa.

      The water playgrounds, computer-operated interactive playgrounds, are becoming increasingly popular destinations.

      This is partly because there are no lifeguards needed and kids have free reign, with no risk of drowning.

      Gary Schellhorn, resource facilities coordinator with the City of Tulsa, said the above-ground water playgrounds are also cost-effective compared to pools because the water does not have to be treated.

      The water is direct City water that goes down the drain and only touches the kids once.

      The cost of the park was approximately $420,000, Schellhorn said.

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