Splishing-Splashing at McFee Park

Sherri Gardner HowellFarragut

The splash pad at McFee Park may not be putting “heads in beds” to bolster Farragut’s economy, but an unofficial canvass on a recent weekday indicates it is regional draw. Families from Loudon, Lenoir City, Halls, Maryville, Greenback and one who said he was from “Podunk, Tennessee” were all enjoying the water and adjoining playground.

The original large shade structure and new 20-feet by 30-feet smaller one were helping new friendships form as parents shared space under the canopy.

This pad, with 25 sprays and 16 above-ground elements, was put in last year with a construction cost of $531,000, replacing the original pad that had suffered from problems from the beginning. One area, called a “water journey” by the designers, is for toddlers and imitates a stream where you can float toy boats.

The McFee splash pad is the largest in the area with a spray area of 5,747 square feet. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily with a possible shutdown each day between 2 and 3 p.m. for maintenance.

Alexander and Sydney Rud from Maryville enjoy the splash pad at McFee Park.

 

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