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Repairs to splash pad surface to begin soon
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Children cool off on the newly installed splash pad at Bradwell Park on Saturday, July 23. Soon after its opening, the splash pad was shut down when the surface began to fail, but city officials expect repair work to begin soon. Photo by Lawrence Dorsey/Courier file

Work on the city of Hinesville’s splash pad may be starting soon.

The splash pad was shut down after the surface began to fail, not long after it had opened.

“As many of you know, we have had a couple of surfaces go down, and a couple of surfaces come back up,” engineer Paul Simonton told city council members Thursday. “We hope the third time is the charm.”

Simonton said he has talked with the surface’s manufacturer and was told they have over 1,000 of those in use without any problem.

“His point is that if the preparation is not exactly right, then the product will not stick,” Simonton said.

Where the first coat was applied properly, it has still adhered.

“It’s been through several pressure washings and several scrapings and it’s still there,” Simonton said.

But nobody was preparing the surface the way they were supposed to, Simonton said. And where the product is manufactured, in St. Louis, was flooded recently.

Simonton said Thursday they hope to have the new product in hand in about a week or so.

“There will be a lot of eyes from the manufacturer to make sure it does stick,” he said.

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