Sapulpa splash pad closed after toddler is injured
Sapulpa, Okla. (KTUL) —
Sapulpa's splash pad is a place where families could be cooling off on hot days this Memorial Day weekend.
Instead, the city is keeping it closed for a third day in a row.
Dianna Harris thinks this is necessary after what happened to her 3-year-old daughter earlier this week.
"She was walking and she slipped, and she hit her head," said Harris. "She came to me and was crying, she said her head hurt."
Just minutes later, Harris says four boys also slipped and nearly fell down.
Not taking any chances, she rushed her little girl to the hospital.
"Come to find out, she did have a mild concussion," said Harris. "I won't come back until it's much safer."
"Safety for kids is my biggest concern," said Director of Sapulpa Parks and Recreation Jodi Baker.
He and his team plan to take a closer look at the splash pad.
Baker says the water playground is up to code, but would like to add a better grip on the floor.
"We don't want something that's so slippery that kids slip, of course, but we don't want something that's so abrasive," he said. "For now, the pad will stay closed until we find some better material for the ground."
The city is doing its part to keep the splash pad safe, but Baker says parents can as well by making sure your child walks instead of runs and wears some type of shoe.
Splash pads and public pools across Green Country are all officially open this weekend.