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Cascades Electrical Problem Forces Closure Of Falls, Splash Pad

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(July 3, 2020 4:33 PM)  Jackson County Parks has closed Cascades Falls and the Splash Pad due to an electrical outage.

County of Jackson officials are continuing to diagnose the issue to better understand what is involved with repairs, according to Christopher Bolt,  Asst. County Administrator & Managing Director, JCDOT.

Bolt told JTV, “We just learned today that replacement of the underground electrical lines, transformers, and supporting connections/infrastructure is probably necessary.  Most of the existing supply lines and supporting electrical components are original, nearing 100 years old.”

Unfortunately, this will not be a quick fix. “We were hoping that a relatively simple supply line repair would solve the problem – and buy us some time before investing in a comprehensive replacement project. Sadly, it looks like we will be down for awhile as we evaluate the details and get a project out to bid,” said Bolt.

A meeting is being planned for Monday or Tuesday with electrical experts/engineers to go over details.

The 4th of July fireworks show, originally scheduled for tonight was canceled in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by The Myers Family Little Caesars of Jackson, The Cascades presents three holiday fireworks shows annually. One more show is currently scheduled for September 5 and a decision will be made closer to the event as more information becomes available, according to a Facebook post this week.

Sparks Foundation County Park (Cascades Falls Park) remains open.  County officials remind parks visitors to follow all safety precautions.

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