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Posted on: April 7, 2022

New rules in place for childcare businesses using McFee Park splashpad

FARRAGUT, TN – Due to growth in the number of childcare businesses that use the McFee Park splashpad during the summer, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a policy limiting use of the splashpad as a field trip destination.

Beginning in April, childcare businesses must make a pavilion reservation in advance of their visit by calling the Parks & Recreation Department, and reservations can be made only on Mondays and Wednesdays. Groups can arrive at 9 a.m. for playground use; the splashpad opens at 10 a.m. Reservations end at 2 p.m.

Pavilion rental rates are $95 for the large pavilion and $85 for the small pavilion. If a pavilion is not available, the childcare business cannot visit that day, as it would cause the playground and splashpad to be over allowed capacity. Pavilions should be used by the group for games, crafts and picnics since there is very little open space around the playground, splashpad and pavilions.

Users should note that a pavilion rental does not guarantee that the splashpad will be operating. While Town staff make every effort to keep the splashpad in good condition, occasionally there are mechanical issues that require a closure. The playground will remain open even if the splashpad is closed.

Restrooms at McFee Park are open to the public and access cannot be blocked. While restrooms may be used by childcare businesses, they should not be used as dressing rooms to change in to or out of swimwear. This should be done at the business, camp, etc., before and after the field trip to McFee Park.

Parking of buses, vans and cars for the childcare business must be in the lower parking lot. There is a crosswalk at the entrance of McFee Park that allows user to walk safely from the lower parking lot to the greenway to the splashpad/playground area. 

For more information about the McFee Park splashpad, see farragutparksandrec.org/mcfee-park. For questions regarding the policy for childcare businesses, please direct emails to Parks and Athletics Coordinator Lauren Cox at lcox@townoffarragt.org

 

Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut has top schools, safe neighborhoods and high development standards, making it one of the best places to live in the Southeast.

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