Fuquay-Varina will open its new splash pad in just a couple of weeks.
The grand opening is set for 10 a.m., July 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other special activities, at the town's South Park. The 6,000-square-foot pentagon-shaped pad features multiple jets of streaming water and about three dozen water features.
During the grand opening event, the town will be giving out free ice pops and "Making a Splash in Fuquay-Varina" T-shirts (limit one T-shirt per person). There also will be free inflatables.
It will be free to play in the splash pad during the grand opening ceremony and once it's open. There will be no admission fee.
Town leaders decided to add a splash pad to the park after 24 percent of people responding to a 2014 town survey about park upgrades asked for a water feature. The splash pad is part of an overhaul at South Park, which is at 900 S. Main St. The park will get a new picnic shelter in mid-August. This fall, there will be new playground equipment.
The splash pad will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. It may stay open through the fall, depending on the weather.
This will be the first public sprayground in southwestern Wake County. Cary is slated to open one next year. Find information about other pools and spraygrounds in the region in our public pool database.