It’s that time of year again . the temps are rising and we’re all looking for ways to cool off – so head on over to your local “sprayground” for a splashy good time! In case you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting one of the five fabulous spraygrounds around Charlotte, each sprayground has been constructed with fun water features that you can run through, jump in or just sit down and enjoy. Get ready for a lot of squeals and giggles as your little one gets surprised by a sudden burst of water. Latta Park, shown here, has a nice fence around the spray area and great seating around the perimeter for mom and dad onlookers.
A couple of quick tips if you plan on heading out . no need to necessarily lather up with sunscreen before you leave your house. We apply our sunscreen when we get there and the rule is that the children get to play on the playground while their sunscreen absorbs for 20 minutes. Then they can get wet in the sprayground. (As opposed to the pool, where you should apply your sunscreen at your house before leaving or else it’s torture making them wait the 20 minutes!). Another tip is pack a picnic and go early, like 10am early. It gets pretty hot by noon plus it gets really busy. So get your playing in early, dry off while you’re eating lunch and then off you go.
Spraygrounds are open 7 days a week from 10am – 8pm
Admission is free. Here is a listing of the spray ground parks around town:
2100 North Davidson Street
601 East Park Avenue
6000 Statesville Rd
2136 Central Avenue
West Charlotte Recreation Center
2400 Kendall Drive
Check one out today and have a splashy good time!
Anyone know if there are any pics of any of the spraygrounds? The parks and rec sites don't show any pics. I just would like to know what it looks like before I drag my child out there.
It's a shame their aren't any near S. Charlotte area.
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/_News/Prior+Years/2008/May/Sprayground-05162008.htmThis is the one at Nevin Park. It has a tent over it so if your kids stay under it, sunscreen is not needed.
http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Spraygrounds.htmHere's another one – not sure which it is, not Nevin, not Latta, and I don't think Veteran's as I believe Veteran's has a canopy over it as well.
Also, just FYI, I'm not sure how many have playgrounds attached or close by. Nevin does not have a playground close by.
The Veterans Park one was closed last week due to repairs. Not sure if it is back up yet.
In the LKN area, Birkdale shopping plaza has a FABULOUS one that we frequent all summer long! It's in a beautiful area and is fully fenced in with benches & some corners are shaded offering a great break from the heat. Go early is right, it gets packed.
Denver just got a new park/ splashpark as well…
Village park in Kannapolis has one, it's $1 admission, but you can come & go as you please & you only pay for those who are getting wet! We live in Concord, so we can go in the morning, leave for lunch & naps, then come back after dinner on the same ticket if we want to.
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