Parents have ‘hot feet’ complaints about water park

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jun 28, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake Valley Health Department is looking into a complaint that Seven Peaks water park isn't doing enough to keep kids cool. Parents say their kids are burning their feet while waiting in line for water slides.

With record-high temperatures hitting triple digits, the ground can be dangerous for kids' feet. When it gets hot and the lines get long, it can be almost unbearable.

"There's not good protective surfaces. These kids feet are burning and they don't allow you to wear swim shoes on the water slides," said Andrea Eggleton. "It's got carpet that is kind of torn and ripped that would protect your feet. And it's ripped and it's kind of a safety issue as well. When kids are holding these giant tubes and are concerned that their feet are burning."

A lot of people just put up with it or hang out in the shade, but the Salt Lake Valley Health Department says it received a complaint that the ground at Seven Peaks is too hot.

"It comes down to a safety issue if we get reports of burns and such, then yes, we do have police powers to enforce that. We are not at that point now. But we have to be cautious. Flip flops, water shoes anything like that will be of help," said Teresa Gray, bureau manager for water quality, Salt Lake County Health Department.

And unless there's a break in the hot weather, the surface temperature of the asphalt will get hotter and hotter.