The spray park located at downtown’s Lazy Dayz Playground in Smothers Park has been out of commission all summer, but City officials say it should be up and running again by next week.
Commissioners discussed the issue at the last city commission meeting.
Officially named the Ronald Lee Logsdon Spraypark, the area has been closed for maintenance for months, causing frustrated residents to wonder when it would reopen.
City Manager Nate Pagan said the top coat of sealant had been applied to the surface as of Tuesday.
Assistant City Manager Lelan Hancock said City officials have used two different rubberized surfaces for the spray park, only to see both of them eventually crack and fall apart.
“[The first one was applied] about three to fours years in, but another rubberized surface broke up in a different manner, so we’ve replaced that one now with what you would see as a concrete surface like the rest of our spray parks,” Hancock said. “If you look at most of the spray parks around the country, they’re set up like the one we have now, without the rubberized surface.”
Hancock said he believes the new surface will be better in the long-term for the downtown spray park.
“We haven’t had any issues with Kendall-Perkins or Legion,” he said. “They’re putting the epoxy coating now to get that blue color. It’ll look just like water and have that blue coloring as it was before. It’ll still be slick-resistant and congruent with the rest of our spray parks as well.”
The coating takes about five days to cure, Hancock said, so the spray park should reopen between Wednesday and Friday of next week.