First official day of summer and kids have discovered the city’s newest attraction: the playful spray pad at Storvik Park which opened Wednesday morning ahead of a 4pm ribbon-cutting.
The spray pad features orcas and seagulls which spray cooling water, which will coming especially handy this weekend, when temperatures are expected to warm up to the 70’s.
The spray park is designed around a “Marine Adventure” theme with some of our coastal animals in a playful mostly blue setting surrounded by a sitting wall and picnic tables and benches. There are some surprised here, too, sprays activated by stopping on a spot or pressing a button.
The spray elements are computer controlled and designed to maximize play and minimize water usage.
The spray pad was first proposed three years ago by city Parks & Recreation Director Gary Robinson at the north end of 8.7-acre Storvik Park.
Total project cost was just under $700,000 with $335,000 paid with funds from a state Recreation and Conservation Office grant and $108,000 in private donations through the Anacortes Parks Foundation. The city will fund much or all of the remaining costs.
The project included replacing the old restrooms which were located nearby. The new restrooms have three stalls each for men and women and feature skylights and auto-activated lights to save energy. There’s enough room to change clothes if necessary.