REDMOND, OR -- Despite less than summer-like weather, Redmond’s Spray Park will open for the season, at 10 a.m., Friday. "I think kids are immune to the cold. I don’t think they care," says Redmond Parks Division Manager Annie McVay. She says last year, some complained the Centennial Parkwater feature didn’t open early enough. "It’s not as easy as flipping a switch. So, we just figured, 'we’re on schedule, we’ll go ahead and open it up.' I think Saturday or Sunday, if you come in the middle of the day, it might be warm enough."
McVay tells KBND News this year, they’re trying something new. "The system actually has some really cool light features. But, since we close at 8, we never get a chance to see the lights along with the spray pad feature. So, we’re going to open up – we don’t have the dates finalized, yet – But, we’re going to do a couple nights this summer where we stay open late so you can take advantage of the light feature, as well."
"If everything goes according to plan," she says, "We’ll be open everyday from 10 o’clock to 8 p.m. Sometimes we close if there’s lightning storms and that stuff, but otherwise it’s a pretty consistent program." Weather permitting, the popular water feature will remain open through Labor Day.