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City to add nonskid coating to new splash pad’s surface

WAUKEE — Officials say they’ll have a nonskid coating applied to help avert falls and injuries at the new splash pad in the Des Moines suburb of Waukee.

The city shut down the pad at Fox Creek Park last week for a safety review. Several slips and falls had been reported since its grand opening on June 25, and one person required an ambulance ride to medical care.

Waukee officials say the pad’s concrete surface meets or exceeds splash pad standards, but the coating will be added anyway.

The pad will be closed through July so the rubberized coating can be applied and cured. The goal: reopen Aug. 1 and operate through September, weather permitting.

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