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New water park offers relief to Mérida kids during heatwave

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Splash Pad water park is located in the Juan Pablo II neighborhood, in Mérida’s west, near the Periferico. Photo: Courtesy

Extremely high temperatures have long driven Méridanos to seek relief at nearby beaches such as Progreso or Sisal.

Air conditioner shopping malls have also long been extremely popular during the hottest months of the year, for obvious reasons.

But now folks in Mérida, especially kids, have a new option to cool off. And best of all, this new attraction, called Splash Pad, is completely free.

The water park features an area of 1,615 square meters with 100 shooting water springs of varying pressures that create shallow pools for kids to cool of in. 

The park can accommodate up to 100 people at a time, but it would appear that this capacity has been exceeded in recent days. 

“The water at the park is all treated and perfectly clean, but we do not recommend anyone drink it,” said a press statement from city hall. 

Earlier: Vergel’s Aquaparque, Mérida’s very own urban oasis

Though the water park is designed for children and features cute fiber glass springs in the shape of animals such as toucans, more than a few adults could be seen participating in the fun.

The water park and its spring is also popular with urban wildlife, especially birds looking to cool off as rains have not exactly been abundant over the past couple of weeks in much of the city. 

Despite what many believe, the hottest months of the year in Yucatán are not during the summer but rather during the months of April and May. 

This is due to the fact that during the summer, the dry season comes to an end, bringing powerful showers, usually in the afternoons, that temper the brutal temperatures. 

A handful of other water parks designed for children, including Baxal ja, are also run by the government, though most have not been open to the public since the beginning of the Pandemic.

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