The surfacing of the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village has reached its useful life and is deteriorating, officials said. Because of the deterioration, the splash pad will be closed for the summer season.

Phil Lozano, Highland Village Parks and Recreation director, gave a presentation on the splash pad during an April 26 Highland Village City Council meeting.

City staff worked to prolong the life of the splash pad surface through repairs and sealing. Staff secured for a surface replacement to arrive this fiscal year before the summer season, Lozano said. However, the surface of the splash pad is a petroleum-based product and the manufacturer is experiencing a backlog due to COVID-19, supply chain issues and the shutdowns from Winter Storm Uri, Lozano said.

The date for delivery of the product and installation is not known, but it is anticipated to arrive at the end of the summer, Lozano said. The splash pad, as a result, will be closed for the summer.

“I know this is a popular park and everyone loves the splash pad,” Mayor Charlotte Wilcox said in a city news release. “If the surfacing product arrives in time, of course staff will work to install it and open the splash pad for the season. As much as we all wish we could open the splash pad, closing it for the season and communicating this to our community will help everyone better plan their summer outings and events.”