Children won’t be able to jump into public pools in Philadelphia this summer due to coronavirus restrictions, but they will be able to splash around while cooling off.
With temps in the 90s this week, families looking for ways to cool off, can start to head to city-run spraygrounds.
The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department announced last month that its spraygrounds will begin to reopen on a rolling basis on Monday. Parks and Rec manages 91 spraygrounds or spray features throughout the city.
Restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 will be in place, including capacity limits and 6-foot spacing requirements that will be enforced by staff, Parks and Rec said.
Evening and weekend hours will be available at spraygrounds, Parks and Rec said.
Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell Clarke and Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell marked the opening of the Mander Playground summer camp and sprayground on the edge of the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood on Monday morning.
Traditional playgrounds are also a spot for kids to go this summer. The popular play areas have reopened. People are required to wear masks when out of their homes in Pennsylvania.
More information on virtual summer programs, summer jobs for teens and young adults and free meals can be found on the Parks and Rec website.
“COVID-19 has caused disruptions to normal life as we know it across the city, and summer activities are no exception,” Parks and Rec said. “Things will look different for summer 2020, but there will still be plenty of ways to keep kids and families busy, engaged, safe and healthy.”