Cary's first and only sprayground is set to open for the season on Monday.
Jack Smith Park opened late last summer at 9725 Penny Rd., offering about six weeks of splashing fun before the sprayground closed for the season. The park also has a great playground, climbing boulder, dog park, trails, restrooms, picnic shelter and some open spaces with public art (including a collection of sheep), which are open all year.
This summer, kids will have several months to wear themselves out at the sprayground, which sits right next to the playground. The sprayground will operate full time from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, starting Monday and through Sept. 15. It's designed for kids ages 12 and younger. It's free.
Here are some instructions for operating the sprayground if you go, courtesy of the town of Cary: "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."
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, according to a press release. 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.
The park is named after Cary’s longest serving current member of the Cary Town Council, Jack Smith. He was first elected by citizens in 1989. The 50-acre tract was formerly the Bartley family farm.
Parks and other venues across the area are gearing up for their seasonal pool and sprayground seasons. Hill Ridge Farm's sprayground opened in April. Durham's spraygrounds will open Memorial Day weekend. Raleigh's will open over the next few weeks as the city's seasonal pools open. And Fuquay-Varina's splash pad opens for a preview weekend June 3.
Our public pools database has information about opening dates for all of the public pools and spraygrounds in the region.