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New York City parents know if you can’t take the kids to the beach or pool when the mercury spikes, you can take them to a city playground to splash around.
Not only are there over 600 water features at NYC's 500 parks and playgrounds, 10 new ones have been added in the past year or so, like a new spray shower at Ennis Playground in Gowanus.
“These spray showers are definitely one of the best features of NYC playgrounds,” says Liat Halpern, an urban planner at Localize.city, a home-search platform that tracks local amenities like upgrades in nearby parks. “It’s just such an easy way to help your kids play in some cool water without the lines of a public pool or the many safety risks of playing in a fire hydrant in the street.”
Here are 10 new water attractions in city playgrounds:
1) Domino Park
300 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
There are 88 water jets at this new park that has a great view of the Manhattan skyline.
Eastern Parkway, East New York Avenue between Rochester Avenue and Portal Street, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
This playground just got a $3 million revamp, which includes a colorful spray shower.
3) Sunset Park
7th Avenue & 43rd Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
The spray shower was updated last spring and is next to a renovated playground in the 24.5-acre park.
Scholes Street between Bushwick Avenue and Waterbury Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Last spring a new splash fountain with bright colors was added to this East Williamsburg park.
47-67 Colden St., Flushing, Queens
Two new spray fountains were installed in December in the Silent Spring playground.
36th Avenue & Crescent Street, Long Island City, Queens
A new splash fountain officially opened here last month.
662 Park Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
The playground has a new sprinkler thanks to a renovation completed last summer.
302 Sea Breeze Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
This park added new playgrounds and a spray shower in late 2018.
Sterling Place to Park Place between Classon Avenue and Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
The playground’s new interactive spray shower reopened in May.
44 Spring St., Nolita, Manhattan
This newly renovated park reopened in early 2019 with a set of sprinklers.
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