North Augusta splash pad opens

Four-year-old Kaitlyn Wyckoff sits under the water spouts at the new splash pad at Summerfield Park in North Augusta.

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Shrieks of joy competed Wednesday with the patter of falling water as the jets started up on North Augusta’s first splash pad.


Dana Hyler dropped by Summer­­­field Park with her daughter. She said she wasn’t expecting the splash pad to be working, but it was a good surprise.

“She was quite excited and said ‘water,’ ” Hyler said about 18-month-old Cailynn, who was toddling toward the fountains with a bit of trepidation.

The $135,000 splash pad was completed in April, but its opening was delayed because of permit issues. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control gave the pad final approval Tuesday.

Rahbynn Brown and her husband, Clifford, stopped by earlier in the afternoon with their two children and said the splash pad stopped for 45 minutes. Officials blamed a power outage and soon had the splash pad running.

Brown said they’d been anticipating the opening for months, but when school started “we kind of gave up.” The splash pad is expected to operate through the end of September.

Middle-schoolers trudging up the hill after classes watched as younger children ran in circles through the cool water. The splash pad has 10 different water zones that rotate on a 30 second basis.

Marlen Simon, of Graniteville, has been anticipating the opening of the splash pad for months and has been following its progress.

“It’ll be nice to have something closer to home,” said Simon, who’s taken her children as far as Evans for a splash pad.