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Defiance Splash Park reopens after weekend issues

The city stills needs to replace the control board that runs the splash pad programming, but for now the water is simply turned all the way on.

DEFIANCE, Ohio — The only public place to cool off in Defiance was shutdown over the weekend.

But not anymore.

Defiance reopened its Splash Park just before Memorial Day, and has been a summer destination for many families with smaller children.

On Saturday just before noon, there was an electrical problem with the equipment that runs the splash pad.

Fixing the issue wasn't easy, as the control circuit board the runs the elaborate water sequences needs to be replaced, with the part coming in from Canada.

This wouldn't be that big of a problem, except Defiance wasn't able to open its only municipal pool at Kinsgbury Park this year. 

So the city, knowing it wouldn't be able to regulate how much water was being used, decided to simply override the computer and let the splash park operate full bore, with limited hours.

"So, we're turning it on at noon, and we're going to be turning it off at 9 p.m., and that's about the best we can do for right now. Normally it's open from 9 am to 9 p.m., but t conserve a little bit, we're going to go from noon to 9 p.m.," said Defiance Mayor Mike McCann.

Mayor McCann says that the splash pad should not need to closed once the replacement part comes in because it should be a pretty quick fix.

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