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UPDATED: Federalsburg Splashpad Slashed

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FEDERALSBURG, Md.- Federalsburg's splashpad is dry as a bone and has been for the past three weeks.  Town officials believe that someone maliciously destroyed the foot pedal controlling water pressure about three weeks ago.  And that means the whole splash pad had to shut down one month early.

Federalsburg mayor Bill Beall takes joy in watching kids play in the town's new splashpad.  But says the past few weeks, he's been feeling sad.

"I drive by and see people trying to start it, people calling town hall to say it's not working.  One father told his kids 'it's broken' and they started crying and that really hurt me," said Beall.
But it wasn't your typical malfunction.  Public works director Steve Dyott believes someone stabbed the pedal that triggers the splashpad with a knife.

"When the knife or whatever went through there, it actually nicked the pressure switch and caused the problem.  So in order to repair it, we're going to have to replace this switch, and this cover because it has a hole that goes all the way through," Dyott told us.

The damage meant the splashpad was running nonstop.  People in Federalsburg have felt the absence of the pad since it was shut off.

"We had the youth explosion out there and it wouldn't work.  We were looking for it to work because that was one of our main things, that was one of the big draws," said Tomar Neal.

"The town struggles to create activities for the children and when someone maliciously destroys something that we put a lot of effort putting into the town, it hurts all of us," said Frank Shaw, owner of Frank's Bargain Bin downtown.

Beall is trying to pull together $700 to repair the damage before the next season.  He wants locals and visitors who have benefited from the splash pad to donate by sending a check to Federalsburg town hall, marked for the splash pad.  Their address is 118 North Main Street, Federalsburg, Md.  Beall says any amount raised over $700 will be put towards a new palm tree feature at the splash pad when it reopens next summer.

UPDATE: As of October 1st, the $700 goal has been reached.  Federalsburg mayor Bill Beall says that any additional money received will go towards a new water feature at the splash pad, as well as a security camera to catch anyone who damages the pad in the future.
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