This Labor Day weekend will be the end of the David Street Station splash pad’s first season, according to Downtown Development Authority executive director Kevin Hawley.
On Tuesday morning, crews from Associated Pools will start the winterization process as well as do minor modifications and repairs to the surface, according to Hawley. Associated Pools is the firm that built and designed the splash pad.
“It if was up to us, we’d run it as long as the weather would allow,” said Hawley. “This is a big draw for downtown, it brings a lot of bodies.”
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The first season of the splash pad attracted about 75,000 total visits, with people coming from surrounding counties and even other states.
“We had two families from California come in and tell us ‘this is insane’,” said Hawley. “We’ve had North Carolina, New York, Texas…”
It was decided to close the pad early and take time for maintenance and modifications after the first year. “It’s important for us to take our time and do it right the first year,” said Hawley.
In addition to winterizing, the surface will be resealed and will need 20-days of cure time. Design features such as the painted Steamboat logo will be given a brighter color and etching to make it stand out.
The area will be blocked off during the process.
In November a large chiller will be craned onto place and crews will start building the ice rink.
The rink will be open by Small Business Saturday with the lighting of the Christmas tree, which coincides with the Christmas parade on Nov. 24.
Skating will be $4, with skate rental at $3. “Ice skating is the only thing we charge for here,” said Hawley. The charge covers the extra labor and energy costs of maintaining a rink.
“Our intent is to run it just beyond Valentine’s Day,” said Hawley.
Next season Hawley expects to keep the splash pad open as long as possible. “It’s kind of like everybody at home with their sprinkler system,” said Hawley. “You run it until you can’t.”
“This is truly a world class facility in the middle of little ol’ Casper, Wyoming,” said Hawley.
“It’s funny how controversial this project was, and now how the community has embraced it and how they love it.”