When his small body activated the sensors, all of the sprays and fountains opened up, momentarily startling 20-month-old Emmitt Bradley.

When his small body activated the sensors, all of the sprays and fountains opened up, momentarily startling 20-month-old Emmitt Bradley.

That moment ended quickly, as the curious toddler and his 4-year-old twin siblings ran through the splash pad, experimenting with all of the toys and gadgets.

The splash pad, officially called the Lagoon, is the newest addition to the Worthington Pools.

Located on the southeast corner of the swim complex, it features sprays, fountains, buckets and two large squirt guns on a slip-proof pad.

The pad is popular with toddlers to teenagers, attracting different crowds throughout the day, said lifeguard Phil Mueller as he watched the Bradley children play in the water on Monday afternoon.

Andrea Bradley said she likes the splash pad because it is easier to keep track of her three children on the small pad as opposed to in the larger pools, which sometimes become crowded.

"It's a nice addition," she said. "Sometimes it's a little chaotic over there, and it is nice to be able to come over here."