The true end of summer: Baton Rouge splash pads closing for season Halloween day _lowres

Leah Basnet, 4, dumps a bucket of water on Benjamin Sykes, 5, on a hot day at the Pittsfield Common splash pad, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Due to hot temperatures, the city has announced that the splash pad area will remain open through mid-September. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, IBERKSHIRES OUT

The first day of autumn has come and gone, but BREC is officially signifying the end of summer by closing its splash pads for the season on Halloween Day.

The splash pads opened in April, and became a free and popular way for children to cool off on sticky summer days. BREC has taken to adding more splash pads to its parks because they are cheaper and easier to maintain than swimming pools.

BREC’s splash pads will close for this season on October 31. The five water-gushing fountains are at Highland, City-Brooks, Greenwood, Jackson and Forest Community Parks.

They will remain closed through the winter and early spring.

When the splash pads re-open in 2016, two new ones will open: one at North Sherwood Community Park and one in Zachary.

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