BAY CITY (WJRT) -
(06/09/14) - It's been a tough late spring for amusement and water parks.
Saginaw's Splash Park delayed its opening because of a water main problem, and Cedar Point closed for the weekend after a main break there.
The water park at the Bay City State Recreation Area is closed now, too, also because of a water main break.
The rough winter might be playing a part in all these cracked pipes, but in Bay City, the park manager thinks aging infrastructure is also a factor.
"We would be packed, that parking lot would be full, this is going to break the hearts of a lot of kids," said George Lauinger, of the Bay City State Recreation Area.
The spray park at the Bay City State Recreation Area opened for its third season on the Friday before Memorial Day, even though there was a water pipe leaking underground.
"It wasn't too bad, so we had time to get bids and such," Lauinger said.
Time ran out Sunday night.
"It was gushing out of the ground, which meant at that point we had to turn off all the water to the day-use site of the park," Lauinger said.
The spray park is now closed until the water main leading into it can be fixed. The closure was disappointing news to Jill Zielinski, of Pinconning, who brought her three children to the park on Monday.
"When I got here, I did find that out, we were going to go, check it out for the first time," she said.
Same goes for Sarah Younkman and family.
"Got the day off, so I was going to bring the kids out and play at the park," she said.
The bitterly cold winter might have caused the water pipe to crack, but Lauinger believes the age of the underground system is also a problem.
"The pipes in 90 percent of the park are 30 to 40 years old," he said.
While the spray park and nearby restrooms are closed, the state park is still open for business.
"Campground not affected, visitor center not affected, people can still play on the playscape and walk around," Lauinger said.
Lauinger hopes repairs can be done in time to reopen the spray park this weekend.