The City of Boise’s newest splash pad is now open at Molenaar Park in Southwest Boise. Community members joined Mayor Lauren McLean, members of the Boise City Council and city leaders for a first splash to dedicate the park’s newest amenity.
“This is an incredible addition to Molenaar Park that offers kids in Southwest Boise a free, accessible place to cool off during the summer months,” said Mayor McLean. “We’re committed to making sure every Boisean is within a 10-minute walk to a park or open space reserve and incorporating amenities like this provide even more opportunities for families to get outside and recreate.”
The splash pad is located next to the accessible playground and park restroom and offers a variety of different spouts, fountains and spray features for kids of all ages to interact with. They include a flora spout and bloom burst, ripple run and jets that create fun play features. A series of shade structures have also been installed to block the hot summer sun while kids splash in the water.
“Splash pads are one of the most requested amenities in our neighborhood and community parks, so it’s exciting to dedicate this project and open it for use,” added Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “With the opening of the nearby skate park in the coming months, there will truly be something for everyone here at Molenaar Park in Southwest Boise – it is one of the premiere parks within our system.”
Water for the splash pad comes from an on-site fresh water deep well. Once it runs through the feature, it travels into an underground tank and is stored until it fills. The water is then pumped out and passes through a UV sanitation system on its way to the park’s pond. The water is recycled and used a second time to irrigate the grass and other landscaped areas of Molenaar Park. This reuse saves the department thousands of gallons of water needed to irrigate the park.
The splash pad at Molenaar Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting. For information on the other splash pads and water amenities Boise Parks and Recreation maintains in parks across the city, click here.