Queen Creek splash pad grand opening held July 5

About 300 people attended the July 5 ribbon-cutting to open Queen Creek’s first-ever splash pad (Submitted photo, Town of Queen Creek).

About 300 people attended the July 5 ribbon-cutting to open Queen Creek’s first-ever splash pad (Submitted photo, Town of Queen Creek).

The ribbon-cutting party laughs after being surprised by the water dump (Submitted photo, Town of Queen Creek).

The ribbon-cutting party laughs after being surprised by the water dump (Submitted photo, Town of Queen Creek).

Queen Creek residents and officials appeared to enjoy the refreshing respite from the summer heat during the July 5 opening of the Queen Creek splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road.

Elected officials and project managers posed for the ribbon-cutting ceremony near the park’s signature water tower, unaware that 90 gallons of water would pour down on them.

Queen Creek Town Council members Dawn Oliphant and Julia Wheatley and Mayor Gail Barney laugh about how wet they got while children ran through the aqua loops and played on the mini mushrooms.

The splash pad also offers a number of standard water features such as three 3-gallon water buckets that fill and spill water every 15 seconds, squirter jets, two water cannons and a 10-foot-tall umbrella off which water cascades.

For more information about Queen Creek parks, visit the town website.

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