Just Splashin’ Around in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE -- Some kids and their parents found a refreshing way to beat the heat Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre.

Delayed for nearly a year, the Coal Street splash park is now open.

It was a long time coming but kids can finally cool off without going to a pool, lake or beach. Delayed a year by construction woes, the splash park opened a few weeks ago to the joy of so many youngsters and their parents.

"Yeah, it`s definitely an improvement. The kids like it, they get to cool off and enjoy coming here," said David Brink of Wilkes-Barre.

We could barely get David's six-year-old daughter Raven out of the water long enough to ask her some of our tough questions.

"What`s your favorite part about it? That it cools you off and that you get to have fun," answered Raven.

Workers say the water is completely safe. It`s treated, chlorinated and perfect for the little guys and even the big kids.

Wilkes-Barre city officials say this splash park is all thanks to federal tax dollars.

Some parents like Wayne Wingler, who has his hands full with his three boys at the park, say splashing around here is their kids' favorite way to cool off.

"They love this place better than the pool at home. They ask to come here to the pool. It`s hard to get them in the one at home. I tell them let`s go to the pool and they start getting in the car," said Wingler.

The splash park is open daily from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.