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Splash Around at an Indy Parks Spray Ground
Introducing three new spray parks in Indy
August 01, 20112011 is the "Year of Indy Parks" and what better way to celebrate than with the opening of three unique spray parks in Indianapolis. Spray Parks are a sustainable investment in our communities to provide the ultimate play experience and bring neighbors together for social engagement and physical activity. It is free to the public, open from dawn to dusk and does not require lifeguards.
Wes Montgomery Spray Park, 3400 North Hawthorne
This $680,000 investment is designed in the shape of a guitar to honor renowned American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. The water-enhanced playground features brightly colored shaped instruments and musical notes that spout water to the delight of those looking to get wet during the warm summer months. Recordings of Wes Montgomery's music play when the water features are activated.
Grassy Creek Spray Ground, 10510 E. 30th Street
Batter up, go long or shoot for 3 points! You can do it all at Grassy Creek Park's newest sports-themed spray ground. The southside of the park has been transformed from a plot of grass to a popular gathering spot with the addition of the spray ground and new comfort station thanks to generous grants from United Water for $175,000 and a $200,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., all in partnership with the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. The spray ground's water features are in the shapes of basketballs, tennis rackets and soccer goals that squirt water in all directions.
Riverwood Park, 7201 Crittendon Ave.
The improvements and amenities continue at Riverwood Park located on the northeast side with a new spray ground and comfort station. The funding for these additions also came from United Water and Lilly Endowment, Inc. The motion activated spray ground has rainbow colored spray features and squirts streams of water as families run past.
Go to www.indyparks.org for more information about Indy Parks spray grounds.