It’s summer … let the fun begin at Lexington’s Parks!

Mayor Jim Gray and Councilmember Preston Worley cut a ribbon to welcome in the summer season at Lexington Parks today.

“A great City has great parks,” Gray said. “With all of the fun activities…camps, sports, swimming, walking…our parks are just the place to be in the summer. There’s something for everyone.”

Gray and Worley welcomed the summer season at Jacobson by opening a new attraction … a sprayground, Lexington’s second.

“I am very excited to see the ongoing activities, improvements and updates to Jacobson Park, this new sprayground included,” Worley said. “As kids, we all loved running through sprinklers and spraying water hoses on hot summer days. This is a bigger, better and more advanced version for the kids in our community, which means it’s going to be a great summer here at the park, and I look forward to it.”

Lexington opened its first City sprayground last year at Masterson Station Park. The Castlewood sprayground is now open; Douglass Park will open later this week.

“Spraygrounds are free interactive water features that have no standing water,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Parks and Recreation. “They allow anyone to enjoy over a dozen spray features, including a giant dump bucket, water cannons and more. There is no lifeguard on duty, so parents will be responsible for supervising their children, but they are accessible and free for everyone to use, which makes them a wonderful asset to our community.”

Besides the spraygrounds, depending on the location, Lexington’s more than 100 public parks feature many other amenities as well, including state-of-the-art, accessible playgrounds, hiking trails, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, ball fields, concession stands, picnic shelters, renovated restrooms and more. Horseback riding, scuba classes, paddle boats, a large variety of programs and camp sessions are available as well.

Parks programming also includes a variety of arts events, including Free Friday Flicks, The Woodland Art Fair, Ballet Under the Stars, Big Band and Jazz, Summer Nights in Suburbia and more.

Information on Lexington’s public parks, programs and events can be found on the Parks & Recreation website.

Watch video of the event

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kids playing in falling water at sprayground