Spray parks, a water-wise way to cool down in Cape Town

Spray parks, a water-wise way to cool down in Cape Town

SPRAY  parks, as opposed to swimming pools, were the way to go this summer, providing a “water-wise” way to cool down said the City of Cape Town on Tuesday.

“Spray parks are one of the City of Cape Town’s most innovative recreational spaces,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Belinda Walker.

“These safe and water-wise facilities consist of a series of spray features or structures that create a play environment for children by means of different spray nozzles.”

Currently, there were five spray parks across the city: in Valhalla Park, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Ocean View, and Scottsville.

Controlled by Sport, Recreation and Amenities department staff, the spray parks would be turned on based on the demand from the community.

Walker did, however, urge parents to check in with local community centres to find out when their respective spray parks would be operating.

Once the sprays were switched on, children could enjoy cooling down in a variety of ways.

“One of the most popular features is the overhead buckets which slowly fill with water and, without warning, overturn and drench those below with water,” said Walker.

Children could also play with the water guns and canons, spraying their friends with water too.

“You don’t have to be a young child to see how this creates endless fun,” said Walker, adding that the spray parks were in fact designed for the entire family.

“They are designed in a way that encourages running, jumping, splashing, and shouting for good, old-fashioned fun, together. These parks help to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide an element of surprise that delights all,” she said.

Even toddlers could cool down in comfort with an “unintimidating” soft spray which would gently wet their faces, “getting them used to becoming ‘water babies’”.

Walker also wanted to reassure residents that in addition to providing fun for the whole family, the spray parks were “water-wise”.

“I would like to reassure all residents that spray parks use much less water than swimming pools,” she said.

“This water is recirculated through the spray park after being treated through a process similar to that of a swimming pool filtration system.”

Walker added that the City would continue to research and implement “innovative designs” such as the spray parks. – ANA