Taylor Street Park Sprayground
Taylor Street Park Sprayground
to open for season June 13
Delayed due to concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 opening of the Taylor Street Park Sprayground, 416 N. Taylor St., will take place Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public, the sprayground will operate daily in two-hour sessions, then close 30 minutes for cleaning, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-8 p.m. The facility is scheduled to close for the season on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Community health and safety is the top priority for the Town of Wake Forest. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, so the sprayground operating schedule is subject to change. Town officials will continue to closely monitor updates and follow guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines have been implemented in protocols established by the Town to address potential exposure to the coronavirus and protect our community and staff.
Out of concern for public safety, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will introduce the following measures as part of the facility’s daily operations:
Temporary fencing will be installed around the sprayground to control the entry and exit of visitors;
For the purposes of contact tracing, all persons entering the sprayground must be signed in by staff;
Seating areas will be clearly marked to ensure proper spacing and appropriate social distancing (patrons may bring their own chairs);
Staff will enforce a maximum capacity of 16 people.
Again, the sprayground will be open daily in two-hour sessions, then closed for 30 minutes while employees sanitize every surface.
How the Sprayground Works
When you visit the sprayground, simply press the activator button on top of the orange pole, and the sprayground will produce a water flow in four-minute cycles.
About the Sprayground
The initiative is a joint effort between the Town of Wake Forest and Wake County.
Wake Forest's first sprayground is a dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements—flowing, misting, and jetting—with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.
16 - jet streams
1 - arch
1 - tot mister
1 - Ombrello Twirl
1 - bucket trio
1 - rooster tail
5 - directional water jets
1 - aqua dome
1 - split stream
1 - bollard activator
1 - playsafe drain
Brings people of all ages together to create engaged communities.
Sustainable & Eco-Friendly
Innovative recirculation and capture & repurpose water management systems reduce water consumption.
Designed for Safe Play
Zero-depth spaces eliminate risk and staffing needs.
Stimulates Imagination & Creativity
Unscripted free play encourages children to create their own experiences.
Integrates with Surroundings
Splashpad® feature and color options ensure that they always complement the surrounding landscape and facilities.
Maintain Interest Over Time
Light mists, jets, flowing and sprinkling effects combine to keep play experiences fresh and entertainment value high.
Designed for Inclusive Play
Encourages physical, functional and social development in children of all abilities.
The total cost to build the Taylor Street Park Sprayground was $345,272.
The project received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through Wake County Human Services. As part of the grant funding agreement, Wake County requires the applicant to provide funds to cover at least 20% of project costs, while the CDBG funds pay up to 80% of total project costs.
Hollins Construction, headquartered on Rogers Road in Wake Forest, was responsible for all concrete and utility work. Hollins partnered with Vortex, the supplier and manufacturer of the sprayground equipment to install all fixtures and controls association with the project.
The Town also received $2,500 from the Kiwanis Club of Wake Forest to be used to purchase a memorial bench in memory of Tom Dimmock - a long-time Kiwanis Club president.