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July 17, 2013



What a shame.

— Donna Jones, Jeffersonville


Man has but one issue with ‘special’ attraction

I had the pleasure to venture to Charlestown’s Family Activity Park the day after its opening. I’ll return, that is for sure.

The town has something special developing there, and not just for locals in Charlestown. My experience was, overall, enjoyable. The staff was working hard, as cash registers weren’t fully operational, records were hand-written on pads of paper and the concessions were also limited as several items weren’t available. The staff also reacted quickly after a child got sick on the playground and closed it off and power washed it. Bravo; pat yourself on the back.

For a mere $3 entry fee for the park and $2 skate rentals, it brings great values to a small area of Charlestown that looks to continue to develop it into a grand attraction. Similar attractions such as the Louisville Zoo’s splash park comes at a much greater cost for a not-so-quick visit.

While the parking lot wasn’t filled, I can soon see it reaching capacity and becoming an issue. Maybe the plan includes adding more or on-street parking.

The biggest concern I have is the splash park’s floor. While most adults and older children have no problems maneuvering across the slick concrete, most small children can slip and fall. My 3-year-old nephew managed to accomplish that feat three times in our several hour visit and only came away with two scraped knees on his last fall. My 2-year-old daughter slipped as soon as she entered the splash park. I quickly gave her the upper hand by allowing her to wear her only pair of shoes for traction. I wasn’t the only champion of wits to drive to that solution. 

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