Slippery concrete at water park
Jul 19, 2012 | 1866 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

To the city of Patterson: During these hot summer days, our children are in search of water sources where they can play. The Blue Fiesta waterpark is very attractive for water play until you get to the slippery concrete surrounding the rubber mat. This concrete, when wet, is very dangerous. All parents who have taken their children here know exactly what I am talking about.

We need to get the city to do something. While I was there, my child slipped, and so did two other children.

I immediately called the city to see what they could do about this problem, and they told me “there are ‘slippery when wet’ signs out there.” OK, this is fine if you are 9 and over, but children like my 2-year-old have no clue to “walk” on the concrete. They also told me that they thought about roughing up the concrete but said it would hurt people’s feet.

I don’t know about any other parents, but I would prefer that my child’s feet hurt — or they can always wear flip-flops — rather than risking a concussion or worse that is absolutely irreversible. If the city of Patterson doesn’t fix this problem, I say we parents need to petition. Who’s in?

City of Patterson, please recognize this dangerous issue and fix it, because it is a great water park.

Marin Hooper, Patterson

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aeh4543
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July 22, 2012
The Blue Fiesta is not a pool.
cdebler
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July 22, 2012
Dear Marin Hooper, Seriously? You take your child to a Pool, and don't reinterate not only their rules, but your own for a safe and fun day? I understand that your child is 2 years old and can't read, but YOU can, and guess what, you are the parent, you are the one responsible and incharge...where were you when your son fell? It's not up to the pool or the life guards to baby sit, they are there to insure safety and save you if you are drownding. Did your child learn anything from falling down? I am sorry he was hurt, but did you make it the pools fault, or the cities fault, or did you explain to him, there are rules, for your safety, and if you don't follow them, you could be hurt...take responsibility for your child, and teach your child to take responsibility for his actions, instead asking the "government" to step in. And a call to all parents, please. Guess what, concrete has always been slippery when wet, pools have always warned that you could slip and fall if you run...if you don't heed the warnings, then do what others do when they fall. Learn to get back up and learn from your mistake.
drlen6
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July 23, 2012
I've been to this park and I agree with Marin, it's EXTREMELY slippery. I am still haunted by the sound of my 1-year old hitting the back of her head when she hit the concrete. It happened in the blink of an eye and she was just walking.

Although I don't expect the city to make any drastic changes it would be nice if the signs that are there are bigger and more numerous.

My wife and I have discovered that wearing water shoes prevents any slipping whatsoever.

As for your inflammatory comments "cdebler," it's obvious that you haven't been to this waterpark and/or you are just mean. Ms. Hooper's comments are valid and I, for one, appreciate her for bringing up the subject.

One shouldn't be attacked for having a differing opinion.
cdebler
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July 23, 2012
why thank you drlen6! You have inadvertently proven my point. You, as a responsible adult and parent, found a way to make sure your child who isn't able to read, could be safer, instead of asking someone else fix it for you. Again, as I said to Marin Hooper, I am sorry your child was hurt. I can see you learned something from it and made adjustments, good for you. To answer your "statement", yes, I have been to the pool, and my children have been to the pool. As far as "inflammatory or mean" I meant neither, however, you make take it anyway you see fit...but, don't call the water wet, it was not a personal attack on Marin, but what you said to me was.


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