It's all fun and games until somebody loses a splash pad.

The Harris Park splash pad in Belton was almost closed down recently over a few a water balloons. Pieces of water balloons actually. In fact, they had worked their way down the filtration system below the splash pad. Eventually they would have burned out the motor, and that means closing the splash pad.

Luckily, the good folks at the parks and recreation department noticed a problem with the flow of water before that happened. If the motor that pumps the water burns out, it would mean a long term closure for the splash pad. Parks and Recreation Director Matt Bates said if the balloons had caused a failure, that the  "process would take weeks and “wouldn’t be cheap.”

So, in order to avoid something like that in the future, the Harris splash pad has announced they will no longer allow anyone to bring water balloons in the splash pad area. No such problems have been noticed at the other Belton splash pad, located at South Wall Tiger Park.