Lexington opened its first permanent sprayground this afternoon in Masterson Station Park, Mayor Jim Gray said.
“When I was a kid, a sprayground was a garden hose in the back yard. In today’s spraygrounds you still get wet, but you have a lot more fun doing it,” Gray said.
The new sprayground, located by the new playground, features over a dozen spray features, including a giant dump bucket and water cannons. Open to all ages and free to the public, it will operate from 9 a.m. to dusk thru mid-October when temperatures are above 70 degrees. Spraygrounds can stay open longer than the City’s pools, which usually close on Labor Day.
This is the first of four permanent spraygrounds the city is planning. In addition to Masterson, there will be spraygrounds at Jacobson, Douglass and Castlewood. All three are expected to open next summer.
“They’re lower cost, low maintenance alternatives to pools, and parents and kids love them,” Gray said.
Since 2015, the Mayor and Council have invested approximately $2.5 million in pools, improving restrooms, providing shade, upgrading safety features and amenities including climbing walls, splash buckets and slides.