LIBERTY, Mo. - Hundreds of families come to the Liberty, Mo., spray ground to cool off, but Tuesday they were met with closed gates and this sign informing them the park was closed for the season, nearly a month early.
City personnel said a broken pipe forced the shutdown.
The pump has been having problems since earlier this summer.
City workers were able to fix it temporarily in July, but the $3,000 pipe gave out again during the weekend.
The second spray ground at City Park will remain open through September.
Administrators plan to meet over the winter to discuss the future of the park.
“Both our spray grounds are aging and so what we envision is either two facilities that would ultimately both be upgraded or potentially even one slightly larger, even better facility that everybody could be drawn towards,” Chris Wilson, Parks and Open Space Manager for the city of Liberty, said.
The park is more than 15 years old, and administrators said they expected to have problems with the grounds’ piping.