Construction is nearing completion at the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park in Pioneer Park, and children and adults alike are beaming with excitement for the ribbon-cutting ceremony May 21.
The event kicks off with activities for all ages with music, yard games, face painting and bounce houses, said Sarah Harris, Puyallup Parks and Rec director.
“We are all so excited,” Harris said. “There have been tons of positive responses. We are expecting a huge crowd.”
The Puyallup Activity Center will also participate in the grand opening. Staff members will serve free ice cream from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of the center, located at 210 West Pioneer.
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The Kiwanis Kids Spray Park is a first for the City of Puyallup. The Spray Park replaces the outdated wading pool that used to be in Pioneer Park. As part of the parks capitol improvement funding, the advisory board and City Council decided the spray park would be the best fit to replace the wading pool back in late 2013.
“We see it as a tremendous opportunity for kids in the community to have some fun in a great environment downtown in beautiful Pioneer Park,” Kiwanis club president Scott Engle said in a previous Herald story. “We know there are some kids out there who are less fortunate and never ever even get to go to a water park, so the Kiwanis spray park may be something that for them is a great opportunity to experience a fun, water-park environment.”
Activities begin at 5 p.m. May 21 in Pioneer Park. The ribbon cutting is slated for 6 p.m. The park will open for the summer May 22, and will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.