Splash pad closed? Not a problem for some folks

Matthew Lane • May 29, 2019 at 6:06 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Splash Pad is temporarily closed due to a water leak, though city officials say the popular water attraction should be open for business by Friday.

That’s probably why there were plenty of people walking through and playing around the water jets at Centennial Park on Wednesday.

That’s exactly what brought Claire Ewing and her four boys — Will, Jack, Charlie and CJ — to the park. In the middle of the afternoon, all four boys were running through the water, walking around the perimeter and playing on the nearby Santa Train sculpture.

And the park wasn’t just filled with kids. Older folks like Jane Mcavoy and Christine Richards — both in their swimsuits — walked around and on the water jets, trying to beat the 90-degree heat that again descended on the Tri-Cities this week.

The National Weather Service reports that temperatures in Kingsport will reach the high 80s on Thursday, and with the splash pad being down for a second day, you can probably expect to see a steady stream of parents and kids hanging around the Main Street park.

Kristen Smith and her 4-year-old daughter, Annora, were taking turns running through the water jets at Centennial Park Wednesday afternoon, getting a slight chill at the end of each dash. Though the park doesn’t have the amenities of the splash pad, the water is what folks were ultimately looking for.

Centennial Park is located on Main Street adjacent to the train depot. Its green space is encircled by a history walkway, shooting water jets in the center, with benches all around and a convenient bike rack.

If you’re looking for a quick way to the beat the heat on Thursday, consider coming to downtown Kingsport.

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