Celebrate Spring Break at the Splashpad! Parks board approves plan for pump track

SEGUIN, Texas – The Splashpad at Park West was only open a few weeks before having to close for the cooler weather. On Saturday, March 12th, it will reopen just in time for Spring Break.

“Many families don’t leave town for spring break, but still need fun stuff for their kids to do while they’re out of school. The Splashpad at Park West isn’t just tons of fun, it’s free!” said Morgan Ash, Public Information Officer.

The Splashpad will be open from 9 AM to 9 PM daily. The water feature runs on a timer, so you must hit the activator button located on the flower to begin the sequence. We will also ask folks to follow all park rules posted on the concession building.

There are also plenty of picnic areas available to use, but you must reserve them ahead of time for a fee through the Parks and Recreation Department to guarantee a spot. (See bottom of release)

“Please check the bulletin boards at Park West to see if a picnic area has been reserved before taking it over,” said Crystal Miranda, Asst. Director of Parks & Recreation.

Pump track OKed by board:

The Seguin Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved a plan to build a BMX pump track at Park West where off-road bicycle. Two local BMX enthusiasts presented their plan to the board during Monday night’s meeting.

The proposal does not request anything from the city except their permission to start constructing jumps and other obstacles that would be a circular track on the northeast corner of Park West.

“Instead of taking the time to drive all the way out to Austin, I would much rather drive 5 minutes to Park West and use that time building a track in our community,” said Carl Verow, pump track supporter.

He volunteered his time, materials and even installing a bench for bikers to use while they rest. Board members asked about the level of jumps they would create. Verow assured board members that all levels, from beginners to advanced, would have options on the course. There will be 1 to 2 ft. jumps for the kids, and up to 8 ft. jumps for the adults.

“This won’t be done overnight, or even in a month or two. We will be creating this over time. A jump or two will be open, but we will still be out there building more jumps,” Verow added.

They did ask the city for help on a couple of things: one, encourage bikers to wear helmets on the course, and two, drop off any extra dirt near the site so they can use it to build jumps.

“Their plan falls in line with our vision for the park. We love what they’re doing in Austin in the 9th Street/Walnut Creek area. Volunteers do all of the work creating jumps, and banks. They bring their own shovels, buckets, and wheelbarrows,” said Jack Jones, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Jones adds that this will be a good community project and folks will come all over the region to participate in building the course, and bring their bikes to ride it.

Park West reservation information: 
• Large pavilion near the concession/restroom building with lights, electrical, and grills - $100 for five hours.  Each additional hour rented is $20.

• Four small picnic pavilions - $15 for 4 hour rental.  Each picnic pavilion has two picnic tables and a grill, but no lights and no electrical.  Each additional hour rented is $3 per hour.

• The five picnic tables (three under the concession stand roof and two more nearby) are on a first-come, first served basis.  No reservations area needed as there is no charge for this area. 

•  If not rented with paid reservations, all pavilions and individual picnic tables in all parks are available on a first come-first serve basis. The intent for those tables are for folks to sit there and enjoy concessions from the concession stand.

Posted by: Morgan Ash