TARPON SPRINGS — The possible existence of a water-bourne disease has resulted in Tarpon Springs temporarily shutting down its newly opened splash park.
City officials sent out an email this afternoon stating that the park is currently closed and will reopen Saturday. The Pinellas County Department of Health notified the city that three individuals confirmed to have contracted cryptosporidium had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the microscopic parasite’s incubation period. All three attended the park the fourth week of July.
County health officials have been alerting residents of a rise in crypto cases this summer, with 58 reported in Pinellas as of last week.
Crypto is a parasitic disease that can cause loose, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and slight fever, a health department press release stated. The disease spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated pools or hot tubs.
Since being notified by the health department, Tarpon Springs completely replaced and treated the water and all associated water systems at the splash park on Aug. 1. That same process is being repeated while the park is closed today and Friday, the email states.
The park is expected to reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m.