Farragut’s Splash Pad set to cool off local residents

Just in time for the hot months, Farragut has a new way to get cool.

Farragut’s new splash pad at McFee Park opened Wednesday, June 1. Many people came out to enjoy it that day and the following ones. The splash pad has different areas geared toward different age groups. Buckets dump from tree shaped structures, streams of water flow down from small frog-shaped structures and fountains spray along the edge.

Choto residents Dean Brown and his wife Lori came on Saturday, June 4 with their grandchildren. Lori said the splash pad was convenient because it was just two miles from their house. Dean Brown said his grandchildren had also enjoyed the splash pad before it was redone.

“They’re having a ball … they liked it then, but I believe they’re enjoying it even more now,” he said.

Halls residents Jeff and Christy Lambright came with their daughter Everleigh.

“I’m sure we’ll come back a couple of times this summer,” Jeff Lambright said.

The new splash pad at McFee Park, 917 McFee Road, is now open from 10 AM to 8 PM daily.

“The Town of Farragut is thrilled to open this new expanded splash pad for the community to use and enjoy free of charge. We hope children and adults will be as pleased with the final product as we are with over 10 spray features and 16 above ground elements including three custom oak trees designed for the Town by Vortex,” Sue Stuhl, Farragut Parks and Leisure Services director, said. The custom oak trees are structures that drip water from buckets before occasionally dumping them out on splash pad visitors below.

Stuhl said the grass area surrounding the splash pad would be closed for several weeks to allow the sod to grow. She said the Town would add permanent benches and trash cans in the next two weeks. Currently, parents and others wishing to watch the splash pad from the shade can sit under a roof near the splash pad’s side.

She said the Town would allow small personal shade structures and umbrellas at the splash pad. However, she said umbrellas cannot be put into the grass due to underground pipes and wiring. The Town will not allow pop up tents.

Parking near the pavilions and splash pad is limited, but Stuhl said there is ample parking in the lower lot, which is on the right for people entering the park.