Palm CoastIt is with regret that the City of Palm Coast must close a portion of the James F. Holland Memorial Park Splash Pad immediately until further notice due to safety concerns. While performing routine maintenance, it was discovered that the rubber pad surface is cracking and deteriorating in areas which has become a tripping hazard.

Additionally, the loose material from the rubber pad surface is entering the filters and strainer baskets which can cause the filter to fail, resulting in further maintenance or the need to replace the entire pump.

In an effort to keep as many features open as possible, a portion of the splash pad will remain open during operating hours. The areas that will be closed include: the whale and whale tail, the mantra ray, the rings, and the two turtles in the toddler area. The water spray features will be turned off in those areas and the areas will be blocked off using construction fencing. Additional areas may need to be blocked off if additional deterioration occurs.

As the splash pad is new and still under warranty, the City is working diligently with the contractor to get the issues resolved as soon as practical. The City recognizes the inconvenience this causes to families, especially during the summertime, and will work expeditiously to get these problems resolved, however, the City’s priority is to ensure safety and prevent injury to everyone at the splash pad.

The open portion of the splash pad should be operational by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23. The playground portion of James F. Holland Memorial Park will remain open. To check the hours of operation for the splash pad, visit https://www.palmcoastgov.com/parks/holland-park. To discover more of Palm Coast’s great parks and trails, visit https://www.palmcoastgov.com/parks.

The areas that are closed are shown in the gallery below.