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Cochrane spray park open for fun

The spray park at the Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Centre (SLS) opened to the public July 1, and Ben Marasco, the facility’s aquatic manager, said it’s the perfect activity for families to do together on a hot summer day.
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The Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre spray park opened July 1, just in time for kids and kids alike to have fun in the water.

The spray park at the Spray Lake Sawmills Recreation Centre (SLS) opened to the public July 1, and Ben Marasco, the facility’s aquatic manager, said it’s the perfect activity for families to do together on a hot summer day. “People in the summer love to be outdoors and they love to be in the water so it’s that perfect mix where you can be outdoors but still run around and have fun in the water,” he said. “We love when anyone from little toddlers to those grandmas and grandpas are out there having fun together.” The Cochrane spray park has a number of different interactive water features, including one that has buckets that tip over, dumping water onto the people below, and a number of water guns visitors can control. All have different spraying or splashing features, so different ages of kids – and adults – can find a few they’ll enjoy. The spray park is only accessible to visitors to SLS and is fully fenced. A staff member is always on duty to ensure visitors have a good time and to answer any questions, Marasco said. Safety is also a concern SLS takes seriously. “For the spray park to be open, one of our staff members is always there just to respond to any sort of first aids or any things that may happen, just to make sure that everyone out there is as safe as possible,” he said. The spray park is open seven days a week from 12 to 6 p.m., depending on the weather. Marasco said it might be open outside those hours if there is staff available. “It’s just such a fun time to be outside in the summer when it’s nice and warm,” he said. “It’s heated water, so even when it’s a little chilly outside, you’ll still get some great fun out there. “Anyone who comes has the best time – you can just see the joy in their faces.”