Water fun for children

The children’s spray park at BNA Bank Park has begun its fifth year of operation, opening last Saturday in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

The park, which has become a favorite summer activity for many small children, will be open from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $4 per child and up to 40 children can be accommodated for each two-hour session.

The spray park can be reserved for private parties from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.

We think it is unfortunate that the park is not open to the general public on Sundays, and instead reserved only for private parties.

The opening of the spray park also is a reminder that another year has come and gone without the city constructing a public swimming pool.

We think a pool is an essential park of a city recreation program and making sure our children learn to swim is a responsibility of our city and county governments as well as our schools.

The city finally has approved money for a feasibility study, but the study has not yet gotten under way.

In the meantime, small children in our area can enjoy the spray park. It has become a popular fixture at BNA Bank Park.