Wednesday July 28, 2010
Building on the popularity of recently-constructed spraygrounds, Mayor Jerry Abramson joined in opening a new aquatic play area in LaPorte Park today. Louisville’s children now have ten spraygrounds available, with five more under development.
Abramson joined Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz and Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) to officially open a $300,000 sprayground, located at the 2.33 acre park at 25th and Bank Street in west Louisville.
“Spraygrounds are a great investment for our city,” said Abramson. “They operate throughout the spring, summer and fall, and are terrific places for families to play together. They’re great additions to our traditional aquatic facilities – our four outdoor summer pools and the indoor Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center.”
Abramson noted some spraygrounds are drawing more than 500 visitors a day, and cost very little to operate.
LaPorte Park’s sprayground project replaces a swimming pool that closed in 2007. The total project cost includes a new walking path, benches and new handicapped-accessible walkways leading to the sprayground.
Other free spraygrounds in Louisville are located in Algonquin Park, Baxter Square, Crescent Hill Park (adjacent to Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center), Farnsley Park, Iroquois Park, Shelby Park, Wyandotte Park and Waterfront Park (two separate spraygrounds available). A sprayground at the Louisville Zoo requires paid zoo admission.
Later this summer, a new sprayground will open in Petersburg Park. In 2011, Metro Parks will open new spraygrounds in Nelson Hornbeck Park, Long Run Park, Shawnee Park and Breslin Park.
A new Louisville aquatics plan, announced by Abramson in 2009, called for reinvestment in the city’s best and most-attended summer pools and the construction of new spraygrounds.