Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
From July 27-August 2, North Richland Hills is welcoming West residents and city employees (with photo ID) to NRH2O Family Water Park for free.
Some neighbors are making a splash with West residents dealing with the aftermath of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013.
From Saturday, July 27 through Friday, August 2, North Richland Hills is welcoming West residents and city employees (with photo ID) to NRH2O Family Water Park for free.
"We really just appreciate it,” said Judy Tribble who brought her 11-year old daughter Savannah and 7-year old son Clayton. “It shows how much others are thinking of us and we just really appreciate what's been done for us so the kids will have a good time, I'll have a good time, I'll be on all the rides so it's going to be good."
North Richland Hills city leaders say they wanted to do something to help folks in West do something they haven't found much time for the past few months… Relax, laugh, be lazy and just enjoy.
"We realized that a lot of their needs were being met already,” said North Richland Hills Mayor Pro Tem Tito Rodriguez. “All we were looking for was an opportunity to extend a day of fun."
Linda Maddox joined the Tribbles with her kids, 12-year old Rynda and 10-year old Ryson. "Just for them to enjoy some water and enjoy time with some friends,” said Maddox. “We just want to thank North Richland Hills for allowing us to come out here and have some fun times."
A few hours of splashing, sliding and sunning will not alter reality but does show people nearby understand it hasn't been easy and want to try to make things better. To Judy Tribble and her group, that means something.
"We're there all the time seeing it and we personally, our homes weren’t devastated or anything like that but we see it and we live it every day so it's good to get away sometimes," said Tribble.