At long last, and just in time for 80-degree weather, the town of Culpeper on Tuesday opened its popular splash-pad attraction in Rockwater Park.
Closed all of 2020 due to COVID-19, the governor’s latest executive order—No. 72—allowed the splash park to open back up in time for cooling off, Culpeper Town Manager Chris Hively said.
The order lifted the prohibition on splash pads. Public hot tubs and saunas are also now permitted.
“With the warmer weather forecast for this week, this was an ideal time to turn on the splash pad,” Hively said. “At noon today, the splash pad as well as the new playground were getting a lot of use by happy children.”
The splash pad will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, according to the town.
Other pandemic-era restrictions eased with the latest executive order allow up to 30 percent audience capacity for school theatrical and musical performances and decrease from 10 feet to 6 feet the distancing guidelines for entertainment and public amusement venues, swimming pool seating, graduations and recreational sporting events.
Karaoke is also no longer prohibited.