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      Community kids could splash again before the end of summer

      The splash pad at Clinch Park near downtown Traverse City is still closed this week, but seeing the running water during some testing and training sessions provided some hope for any onlookers, that the water playground could re-open soon.

      "They tested the pumping system, the filtration system, to see how it was working," said City Planning Director, Russ Soyring. "Fine tuned some of the jets, make sure that they were all working properly and the water pressure and the balance is all correct, so that went through very well yesterday."

      Officials from the company that provided the fountain and filtration system held the testing and training sessions at the park on Wednesday and Thursday for city officials. The goal was to make sure that everything was operating correctly and safely, and that everyone involved knew how to maintain and operate the system.

      "So the pumps continue to function properly, that they know what the specific operations are, when to clean, how to clean, how to service, how to make adjustments, how to calibrate if that becomes necessary," said Mike Denton from Fountain People.

      Soyring says that they are still awaiting a report from the Department of Environmental Quality to see what the next step is.

      "We expect that there are some changes that they are going to recommend," said Soyring. "One of the recommendations is that we would have the splash pad no longer connected to the sanitary sewer, but it would be connected directly to a dry well system to it would be completely separate so the possibility of any waste water going back into the water scape would be impossible."

      Construction for a dry-well could take up to one week. Once the necessary modifications are completed, the DEQ will do another on-site inspection, and hopefully give the final go-ahead for the splash pad to be back up and running.

      "Maybe in two weeks we would have the park open," said Soyring. "Maybe a little bit less than that."

      Soyring says that they expect to have the DEQ's report by tomorrow and that they will know what steps to take after that. Clinch Park's splash pad project cost around $360,000, and Soyring says that installing a dry-well system, and any other modifications could cost around $10,000 more.