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UPDATE: Splash pad in Cottage Grove reopens after cleaning Friday

The Highlands Park Splash Pad, an outdoor aquatic facility in Cottage Grove, was temporarily closed while cleaning crews removed algae Friday. (Bulletin file photo)

The Highlands Park Splash Pad in Cottage Grove reopened Friday evening after the city temporarily closed it earlier in the morning for necessary cleaning, city officials said.

Sharon Madsen, the city’s communication coordinator, said the Parks and Recreation Department reported “slippery conditions” from an apparent algae growth on the splash pad’s concrete surface.

Cleaning crews quickly removed the algae and reopened the splash pad around 6 p.m.