Houston Zoo makes a splash with new water park

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KHOU.com staff

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

HOUSTON -- The elephants, bears and flamingos have their swimming and wading pools, and the birds have their water misters. Now Houston Zoo guests have a brand new way to beat the summer heat – the all-new Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park.

Located in a landscaped setting just inside the Houston Zoo’s Medical Center admission gate near the Wildlife Carousel and Twiga Terrace in The African Forest, the McGovern Water Play Park is custom-designed for safe and cool summer fun.
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and free with paid admission, the latest addition to the Houston Zoo offers a cool summer oasis with 37 different water play features.  From a friendly and colorful sea serpent, to a tall ‘fill and spill’ water tree and a variety of ‘water weavers’, fountains, jets and misters, the McGovern Water Play Park is more than 13,500 square feet of family fun.  The design also incorporates a ‘seating wall’ allowing parents and grandparents to monitor their children and watch the fun. 
The McGovern Water Play Park is also notable for its ‘green’ design. The Park’s water features are only activated when a guest steps on one of two touch sensors.  When left untouched, the Park remains in ‘sleep’ mode, conserving both water and electricity. 

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