High water, high demand: Sherman's Splash Park

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

SHERMAN -- It's been open less than a month, but the warm weather and new amenities at Sherman's old Fairview Pool attract hundreds of people everyday. But if you're planning a trip to the new Splash water park, beware. You may want to allow some extra time.

There's a big chance a line may greet you at the entrance. Some say the wait is well worth the dip in the area's newest attraction.

A line of cars in the parking lot says it all. Fairview Park is packed most days. There may not be many kids playing on the playground though. While the slides across the lot are empty, the kids are lining up and waiting their turn on the water slides.

The wait could be as much as 10 minutes for some, but according to lead lifeguard Keith Burnett, you should arrive early because the place fills up fast.

"We've reached our max (capacity) pretty much everyday. We're crowded from open to close," Burnett said

Once the park reaches its capacity 375 people, others will have to wait for someone to leave before they can enter.

"It's just the capacity they think will be too much for the lifeguards to handle. That's the number they came up with and we enforce it," Burnett said.

Sherman Parks & Recreation officials say they've doubled the number of lifeguards as an added measure to keep kids safe. 10-year-old Ty Watson doesn't seem to mind the wait.

"It's worth it. You (have) two awesome slides, a diving board, you (have) a little place for the children like the small ones," Watson said.

Around 900 people are expected to pass through the gate every day. Parks officials say they look for that trend to continue well into those hot summer months.

The park's hours are:

12pm to 8pm Monday through Friday
10am to 6pm Saturday
1pm to 6pm Sundays

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  • by michelle Location: whitewright on Aug 15, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    it is awsome now they redone it!!!!!!!!! thats were i took my swim lessons last year and this year
  • by sandra Location: Sherman on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    What a great report! I just moved to the area and am looking forward to taking my kids to the park! I like the reporter and hope she'll do more stories about local activities for kids!
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:36 PM
    I'm glad the park is such a success- it;s something Sherman has needed, and is an absolute hit. However, on those flashing yellow lights warning of a reduced speed limit, I have no problem with them being there, but they're partially obscured by the trees ahead of them, esp. approaching on Taylor from the east. How about cutting the vegetation back a little bit to make sure nobody can use the "I didn't see the yellow lights, Officer" excuse? Make sure they're nice & visible. Our children, and we parents, thank you for it.
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