Kids can now play in and run through the water at Comeford Park as Marysville’s popular spray park opened for the summer on Memorial Day.
Marysville’s Splish Splash Summer Bash will also return this year on June 26.
“We started off with a pretty mild opening day but the weather picked up the next two days,” said Jim Ballew, director of Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.
The spray park (also known as splash pads) provide jets and sprays of water for kids to run through during the summer.
Marysville’s spray park is downtown in Comeford Park at 514 Delta Ave., Marysville. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The spray park opened in 2016 and has brought many families to the park since then.
“It truly is one of the better improvements that we have made to our parks in the last few years,” said Ballew.
“I think families like the free recreation that we can offer them with the spray park,” he said.
Families said they enjoyed the feature at the park.
“It’s fun. We’ve never done it before but the kids love it,” said local parent Sage Sansaver.
“We love it. We came last year as well,” said local parent Christina Spangler.
“It’s a very good addition to the park,” she said.
Ballew said that spray parks are less intimidating to little kids than standing water features.
“It’s a great introduction to recreational water for them,” he said.
Marysville officials expect that families will come out again to the park frequently for the summer.
“The turnout is looking to be another big year,” said Ballew.
A new spray park has also been opened up in Arlington.
“Now that we have another spray park nearby it will be interesting to see how much traffic we get,” said Ballew, who added he is happy there is another nearby option now.
The spray park is scheduled to stay open for the summer season.
“I hesitate to say when the spray park is closing,” said Ballew.
“We usually look around Labor Day but we like to extend the date depending on the weather. We have had some very warm Septembers recently,” he said.
The city’s Splish Splash Summer Bash will also return to Comeford Park and the spray park on June 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well.
“It’s our kickoff to summer,” said Ballew. “We have all kinds of things that kids can come out and do,” including arts and crafts, activities and a band playing for children.
The event is sponsored by Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry.