Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wet, wild and fun in Roswell

Over the last two years or so, I've watched workmen putting together the pieces of a water park next to the walking trail I visit several times a week in Roswell near the Chattahoochee River. At first blush, I had no clue what they were building, but little by little their efforts began to take shape.

A year ago they opened the "Sprayground" and it seemed to be a huge success. Kids of all sizes, parents in tow, frolicked about the fountains, dashing and splashing and, well, getting wet and enjoying the experience.

It all seemed to be working, but then toward the end of last summer, the park was suddenly closed and the workmen returned. Again, I watched as they went about the business of re-inventing the area. And just last week, the playground reopened.

This time around, two huge covered areas dominate the area, a convenient place for parents to watch as their youngsters play. Also, a fence was added to the site -- always a good idea when water, slippery places and kids are part of the mix.

Sometimes government panels get it right, spending our money on projects that serve the community and make sense. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by Roswell's sprayground, dip your tootsies into one of the gushing fountains and I think you'll agree that this wet and wild place is a good idea.

FUN IN THE SUN: Sprayground attracts kids of all sizes to pubic park near the Chattahoochee in Roswell. Covered areas and safety fence have recently been added.

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