Time to Splash as Sprayground Opens at Cary’s Jack Smith Park
- Cary’s first sprayground for kids, located at Jack Smith Park, 9725 Penny Road, opens for its first full season on May 15.
- Children ages 12 and younger can use the splash pad’s seven unique water features.
- Sprayground is free of charge; hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 15.
Cary, N.C. – Kids, prepare to get soaked! The Town of Cary’s first and only sprayground located at Jack Smith Park, 9725 Penny Road, will open up for laughter, play and plenty of water on May 15. After a short period of fun last summer, the sprayground will be open full-time from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 15. Children ages 12 and younger may use the splash pad. The water play area is a featured attraction at the park, which was named for Cary’s longest serving current member of the Cary Town Council, Jack Smith. He was first elected by citizens in 1989.
“The sprayground was only open for about 45 days last year, so this will be the first full season families can use the facility. It’s a very popular spot for young and old,” said LeeAnn Plumer, Administrative Services Division Manager, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.
Once children arrive to the sprayground, they will find a series of seven water features; four spray sequences each with a predetermined three-feature pattern. There is a manual start by visitors with a “Press and Play” button located on the sprayground. Each sequence runs for four minutes. After completion, it will start a new sequence when a visitor pushes the “Play” button again.
The sprayground is free of charge. Parking is located at the back parking lot of Jack Smith Park. Dogs are not permitted in the sprayground, however, leashed dogs are permitted in the park. There is no lifeguard on duty. Swimsuits and/or appropriate attire must be worn at all times, and swim diapers must be worn by children not potty trained.
Jack Smith Park, one of 31 park areas currently open in the town, is a 50-acre tract that was formerly the Bartley family farm. It boasts outstanding natural and man-made features that make it a unique facility among Cary’s recreation offerings. Other features include a playground for ages 2-12; dog park; climbing boulder; picnic shelter and tables; greenway trails; restrooms; and public art done by artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, NC, and William Moore from Pittsboro, NC.
LeeAnn Plumer, Administrative Services Division Manager, (919) 380-2765
Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240