For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Contact: Bernadette Grullón 703-228-3335 (voice) 703-228-4743(TTY)
ARLINGTON, Va. — A new water play area at the Lyon Village Park playground offers kids a fun way to beat the heat this summer. Five in-ground sprays gushing water into the air take running through the sprinkler to a new level. The free, public "sprayground" also features a 13-foot-high water wheel and dumping bucket that splashes kids with water
Arlington will celebrate the newly renovated playground’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Lyon Village Park, 1800 N. Highland Street, Arlington.
The 1.5 acre park was completely redesigned. It includes a new sandbox, paths throughout the site to improve pedestrian walkways, and an ADA-accessible drinking fountain. Numerous shade and flowering trees, shrubs and open spaces help beautify the park. In addition to the water play area, there is new playground equipment, along with play areas and swings for both tots and school-age children.
This is Arlington’s second sprayground – interactive and fully automated water play areas designed for kids. The County opened its first sprayground last year at Hayes Park.
The playground at Lyon Village Park is one of the oldest and most heavily used in the County and was last replaced more than 16 years ago. The recently completed $520,000 renovation was funded through the Parks Maintenance Capital Project. Construction began mid-October 2005 and was completed in late May 2006. Custom Park Services, which has worked on Penrose Park, Langston-Brown Community Center and other County projects, was the general contractor.
Ceremony events will include remarks by civic association and community leaders, a ribbon cutting and light refreshments. The celebration is free and open to the public.
Please note: on-street parking is limited.
For more information, please visit online at www.arlingtonva.us/prcr.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.