Leesburg making a splash with new recreation facilities

Cool off this spring and summer with soakers, sprayers, and sprinklers at Leesburg’s newly constructed splash pad.

The water playground, along with the new Rogers Park Pavilion, was unveiled May 6 at Venetian Gardens. The new structures are next to Kids Korner playground at the park, 610 S. Ninth St., south of Dixie Avenue.

The splash pad is a state-of-the-art water attraction with a non-slip surface and 20 different play features, including a mega soaker, assorted spray tunnels, a bloomin’ spinner, a fun-brella, a mix of open flow puddles, a confetti sprayer, and more, according to a news release.

Water can rush out at a flow rate of up to 320 gallons per minute covering a 2,100-square-foot wet play area. The sustained flow rate is 280 gallons per minute, and the total play area is 2,300 square feet, the release states. When it’s time for the kids to take a break from the water action, they can relax underneath an adjacent shaded structure or inside Rogers Park Pavilion.

Regular all-day admission to the splash pad is $2. Through summer, the splash pad will be open from 10am-6pm. In addition, the splash pad and pavilion will available for rent from 6-8pm for parties or other events. The 2,800-square-foot pavilion is fully enclosed and air-conditioned. Call the Leesburg Recreation Department at 352.728.9885 for information about rental arrangements.

Completion of the splash pad and the pavilion mark the second and final major milestone for Phase I of the multiphased Venetian Gardens Master Plan, the release states. The first milestone was renovating Kids Korner, which opened in July 2016.