Cary to start construction on park with town's first sprayground
Construction will start this fall on a new park in south Cary that will include a large play area and the town's first sprayground.Posted — Updated
Construction will start this fall on a new park in south Cary that will include a large play area and the town's first sprayground, an outdoor play area where pieces spray and dump water on visitors.
The park will be home to the town's first sprayground; what's being called a "major children's play area;" the town's second dog park; a climbing rock; picnic shelters; restrooms with an outdoor shower to rinse off; paved and unpaved trails; and an open lawn area. There also will be public art pieces, including three large whirligigs by folk artist Vollis Simpson and a grouping of nine concrete Suffolk sheep sculptures by William Moore, which kids will be able to climb on and play with, according to project engineer Susan Parker.
Parker tells me that there is a basis for design, but officials are still working out the exact details for the sprayground and play area, which will sit next to each other.
The play area will include a structure for kids ages 2 to 5 with a climber, slides, climbing blocks and other elements. Another large piece for kids ages 5 to 12 will likely have a bridge, belt swings and other climbing pieces.
Right now, plans call for about 11 elements in the sprayground, which will sit inside a 42-foot diameter circle near the playground. They include geysers that shoot water up from the ground, soaker stations, buckets to dump water on people and more. Of course, those details are not yet finalized.
This will not only be Cary's first sprayground, but the first public sprayground in western Wake County.
"We’re going to see how it works out," Parker said. "I’m sure everybody is going to love it."
A groundbreaking is scheduled for Sept. 27. Construction will begin this fall and take about a year. So it might be spring 2016 before that sprayground is turned on.
I'll be talking about the park on WRAL-TV's morning news around 8:30 a.m., Wednesday.