On Thursday (Aug. 1), the water turned on and Aldergrove’s Philip Jackman Park opened its newest spray pad for locals to soak in and beat the heat.
The newest nature-themed spray pad (located at 27155 32 Avenue) joined its ocean-themed counterpart after a closure of the park’s old playground began in May.
The new area will be connected to the ocean-themed spray area – unveiled in early September atop the old outdoor pool – via bright blue painted “flowing stream.”
Other parts of the new spray area include plant leaves, frogs and vines that spritz water, as well as ground jets for children to frolic in.
“We put out the project proposal last year in two phases,” explained Al Neufeld, deputy director of public spaces and community initiatives for Langley Township.
“It was part of the big story of the ACUCC [Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre] experience that was nearing completion at the time,” and included a community pool.
Philip Jackman Park’s spray areas will be benefitted by added play structures to existing swings and climbers, expected to be installed sometime in August, Neufeld said.
This, along with some painted features of the park in the next few weeks.
“We were able to accommodate [new playground equipment] into the budget,” Neufeld explained, which was requested by locals during an open house held to divulge proposed upgrades.
Numerous trees have been planted in amidst the park as well, which over time, will amount to more shade opportunities for families.
The completed spray area will be open right through September, Neufeld added, allowing more time for kids to enjoy its cooling features.
As it stands, Aldergrove families have already frequenting the ocean-themed spray park which has been in operation all summer.