West Bloomfield recently opened the largest splash pad of its kind in Michigan.

West Bloomfield recently opened the largest splash pad of its kind in Michigan.

Photo provided by Meagan Kurnat


West Bloomfield opens state’s largest splash pad

‘We’ve hit the nail on the head with this one’

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 24, 2021

 A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 15 for West Bloomfield splash pad, Lily Pad Springs.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 15 for West Bloomfield splash pad, Lily Pad Springs.

Photo provided by Meagan Kurnat

 According to a press release, the park renovation has more than 50 play features, four water slides, a 55-gallon dump bucket and shaded areas for spectators.

According to a press release, the park renovation has more than 50 play features, four water slides, a 55-gallon dump bucket and shaded areas for spectators.

Photo provided by Meagan Kurnat

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Residents have a new option for staying cool and having fun after the June 1 opening of West Bloomfield’s Lily Pad Springs.

The splash pad is located at the former site of the Family Aquatic Center, on Farmington Road in West Bloomfield Township.

According to a press release, it is the largest splash pad in Michigan, with more than 50 play features, four water slides, a 55-gallon dump bucket and shaded areas for spectators.

Three sessions are being offered daily through Labor Day, with each set to last two hours. According to WB Parks and Recreation Commission Marketing Manager Meagan Kurnat, the first time slot begins at 11 a.m. for West Bloomfield residents only, with pre-registration required.

The second time slot is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., and the third at 4 p.m.

Admission costs $4 for West Bloomfield residents and $6 for nonresidents per session.

Pre-sales are encouraged and can be done by visiting wbparks.org or calling (248) 451-1900.

Lily Pad Springs was supposed to open last year, but that was delayed due to COVID-19.

From the perspective of West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Executive Director Jennifer Tucker, “I think we’ve hit the nail on the head with this one.

“We are thrilled,” Tucker said. “We’ve been working on this for three years, but just to see the people that are flooding in — no pun intended; we have been so busy. … I think this can’t be any better timing after some of the restrictions have been lifted and people get to be back outside. We’re so excited.”

Kurnat said Lily Pad Springs is just over 5,500 square feet on a 5-acre lot.

Despite being disappointed in not opening last year, Kurnat is also pleased with how the timing has worked out.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she said. “People are so excited to come check it out, have something they can do with their families and meet up with friends. I think it’s great to have such a cool amenity right in their backyard here in West Bloomfield.”

The splash pad can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

“We see adults up on the climbing tower coming down the slide,” Kurnat said. “I think it is fun for all ages, and there’s something for everyone there. So, whether you want to just come, enjoy and watch the kids have fun, there’s plenty of shaded seating; there’s plenty of grassy areas. … And then the kids are just loving it. It’s great to see after so much planning and all the work that’s gone into it.”

According to the press release, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission has been working for years to fund the $4 million park renovation.

“The commission had been saving for years, basically, to be able to afford to do this without going back to the taxpayers, and did this out of development funds that they had been saving,” Tucker said.

The design of Lily Pad Springs can help make the experience a more enjoyable one for residents, with the age groups of visitors taken into account.

“We were really thoughtful with our whole design of the park,” Kurnat said. “When you’re looking at the park to the left-hand side, that area is kind of designated for the young kids — the toddlers and the little ones — and the features are smaller. … And then if you look over to the right, that’s where the bigger kind of splash features are. We did it that way so that the little ones can play safely.”

It isn’t just West Bloomfield residents that have been drawn to the splash pad.

“I think we are seeing folks from other areas coming here to use the splash pad,” Tucker said. “Hopefully, they’re spending money in our community.”

After being “cooped up” for so long, a trip to the splash pad could be an ideal way for residents to take advantage of summer in Michigan.

“This winter seemed like it was the longest winter that we’ve ever had,” Tucker said. “People are busting at the seams to get outside and be with their friends again.”