Pop-up Splash Pad happening in Wausau on Wednesday

The event wil be held at Riverlife Park Wed. August 16 from 4-6 p.m.
Published: Aug. 10, 2023 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2023 at 1:39 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A splash pad will be popping up on Wednesday in Riverlife Park in Wausau as two Wausau organizations team up to deliver a cold splash for kids and their families.

From 4-6 p.m., a fire truck will be out at Riverlife Park with its ladder raised and fire hose in tow. It’s a cool event that started three years ago on the 400 Block in Wausau.

Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry coordinate the event, and the fire department hosts it. They usually see a few hundred people every year. Although it’s a fun event, Wausau Fire Chief Bob Barteck says it has a bigger purpose.

“This department is a reflection of the community. I think it’s important that they get a chance to meet us, see us have interactions with us in in a really fun environment outside of our normal ways that we communicate with the community,” said Barteck.

If you plan on going Wednesday, safety is taken very seriously, they will be blocking off the streets to protect children playing in the pad.

“Let’s have fun. We got a great fun community. Summer is winding down, those kids gotta get back to school soon. Let’s do something fun with them in one of our great parks and get cooled off on a hot summer day together,” said Barteck.

They recommend kids bring water shoes. The event was originally scheduled for August 11, but was pushed back due to weather.

Riverlife Park is located at 1400 N River Dr. in Wausau.