Splash pads bring much needed cool comfort to children in Willimantic

Willimantic families find relief from the heat (WFSB)

Families with young children found relief from the scorching heat in Willimantic by running through splash pads and sprinklers at Lauter Park.

When Eastford resident and mother-of-6, Priscilla Villanueva saw the weather forecast for intense heat, she knew that this Saturday afternoon would be best spent in the water.

"It's a nice way to cool off,” said Villanueva.

Hundreds gathered at the park to catch a break from the heat, especially Omayra Curet, who said last week’s weather was undesirable for the park.

“I wanted to come since last week, but it rained, said Curet. “So we came today!”

The high heat and humidity brought about a warning from the Willimantic Police Department, who urged residents to remain hydrated and stay in the shade to avoid heatstroke.

"Whenever you think you have enough hydration, take in a little bit more," said Corporal Stanley Parizo.

Corporal Parizo told Eyewitness Reporter, Eva Zymaris that he is happy to see so many families taking advantage of the splash pad and park.

Parizo is asking residents to remain vigilant in this oppressive heat.

“If you have a sensation like you're dizzy, you're getting clammy, we're asking people to dial 9-1-1," said Parizo.

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