Spray Park set to spurt into life on perfect day


While the temperature for the official opening of Napier's new family-friendly Spray Park tonight may only make the mid-teens, the big public open day on Saturday promises to be an early summer cracker.

Perfect for a splash and a spot of fountain spray.

The long-range MetService forecast for Napier on Saturday is for 23C, sunny, dry and not much wind.

Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott will officially open (turn on the taps of) the water-play park which has been under construction since last November, and on Saturday the public can get their first look when it is opened between noon and 4pm for a special entry price of just $2 for all, with under-5s free.

Mayor Arnott said the council had been committed to providing a "revitalised and unique" outdoors area for families to use and enjoy at the Napier Aquatic Centre off Maadi Rd in Onekawa. The removal of the obsolete outdoor pool offered that opportunity.

Planning began in February 2011 with Paris Magdalinos Architects assigned the task of designing the attraction.

The area where the old pool was once situated now features a "zero-depth" spray park of water jets, fixed aqua balls, umbrellas and bows designed to spurt water.

The park also features a flying fox, volleyball courts, general play equipment and barbecue areas.

Saturday's opening will also feature bouncy castles, food stalls, games and giveaways - with one lucky family set to win a trip to the Gold Coast.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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