The Shepherds Glen splash park in Frisco is now open for the first time in three years thanks to the heavy rains and the end of water restrictions. (Photo by Valerie Wigglesworth/The Dallas Morning News)

It’s a case of good news-bad news for the city of Frisco.

All this drought-busting rain means the city can open all three splash parks for the first time in three years. But those same heavy rains have delayed construction on improvements to outdoor water park at the Frisco Athletic Center.

Two of the city’s three parks have been closed since water restrictions first went effect in 2012. The J.R. Newman splash park at 8211 Twin Falls Drive and Shepherds Glen splash park at 12012 Shepherds Hill Drive were already attracting families on Friday.

The third splash park – at Frisco Commons – was allowed to operate during the drought because it relies on well water rather than the city’s drinking water supply.

The splash parks are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

But the heavy rains have also put contractors working on the water park improvements behind scheduled. The water park is tentatively scheduled to open the first week of June.

City officials said rains delayed the pouring and curing of concrete as well as the pool plastering and fence installation. Once that work is completed, water has to be added to the pools and the chemicals balanced. Lifeguards must also be trained on the new features.

“The contractor is taking advantage of every minute when his crews can work, and they’re making progress,” said Rick Wieland, the city’s director of Parks & Recreation. “We’ll keep patrons updated about any further delays.”

The improvements include the Preston Plunge, a 45-foot tall, four-lane mat racer, and The Fort, a multi-level, interactive water playground with three slides and more than 85 spray features. Another 300 feet have been added to the existing Lazy River. The outdoor area also has more shade structures, party pavilions, restrooms and a concession stand.

via Dallas Morning News.

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