Spray Park Season is underway in Boston

Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador

It’s that time of year for the heat and humidity to kick it up a notch, but it’s also – finally – Spray Park Season! I have the scoop on some of the nicest ones around the Boston area, from Somerville to Waltham and a few in between:

The wait is over! On Monday, June 27th, all the spray parks in Waltham are open for business. One of Waltham’s parks, Msgr. McCabe/Warrendale Playground, has gotten a makeover in the past couple of years. During the summer months, this neighborhood park at Fitzgerald Elementary School is home to Little League, pick-up basketball games, tennis players, and kids who just want to cool off in the spray park. Starting June 27th, the spray park is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. through late August.

In Arlington, the Spray Pool is located at Lussiano Park, next to Thompson School on North Union Street. It is open daily from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., weather permitting. Have the kids use the potty before they go – there are non bathrooms available.

Tucked away in a neighborhood of Somerville is Albion Park. Boasting an award-winning design, the park offers a community garden, play areas for different age groups, gathering spaces, shade, and a water spray area, of course.

In Cambridge, an unofficial favorite is the spray fountain in front of the Harvard Science Center at 1 Oxford Avenue. The water appears to come out of giant rocks, and when it’s warm, there are always toddlers in diapers skipping on the grass around the rocks and delighting in the spray mist. If you need some eats, just pop into the Science Center, where there is a nice cafeteria with snacks, real food, and even a hot bar featuring Indian cuisine. Your older kids might enjoy the exhibits inside the Science Center, where the Department of the History of Science is located. Check out their Foyer Exhibition Space, Science Center 371. On Tuesday afternoons, there is the added bonus of the Harvard Farmer’s Market, featuring vegetables, baked goods, cheese, chocolates, and live music.

To locate the more official spray parks in Cambridge, take a look at the Department of Cambridge Community Development’s website, where there is a handy-dandy Waterplay Map. Pure genius!

Finally, it’s the Boston ParkARTS Summer’s Wading Pool Opening! Be at the Boston Common Frog Pond from 11am-1pm on Wednesday, June 29th for a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Menino and other festivities, including splashing around in the water under a 30-foot spray flume.

Happy Summer!

From ZipNews this week, here are my “Top Metro Boston ZipPicks” for this weekend: (Subscribe to ZipNews here!)

TOP 5 (okay, 6) ZipPICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND

SAVE THE DATE!

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