KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Splash Pad at Flores Park in Kingsville, Texas , is a fun place for residents to cool off during the hot summer months, and officials said it has been a success.However, they noticed an increase in pedestrians crossing Santa Gertrudis Street, most of them children walking to and from school.

Kinsgville Parks Director Susan Ivy said they have also seen kids stopping at the park or splash pad on their way home from school. For this reason, they teamed up with city engineers to make safety improvements.

"With the brand new paving of this street we've found the traffic is a little faster than it was, and so we're just concerned for the safety of the kids and families crossing the street," Ivy said.

Kingsville City Engineer Rudy Mora said soon they will make changes to a four-way intersection on East Santa Gertrudis Street and North 12th Street.

"For pedestrian safety, we are implementing stop signs on Santa Gertrudis and we are providing cross walks for safety measures," Mora said.

Mora said the improvements should be installed within the next couple of weeks.

Ivy said she hopes they will be able to add more parks and water features throughout the city.

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