Park Improvements Include New Spray Park In Endicott

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 9, 2007 at 8:54 PM EDT

The West Endicott pool is filled with snow and ice now.

This spring, it will be filled in with concrete as the town installs a new spray park.

The park will include tubes that spray water on people, much like a sprinkler.

"This is water on demand. So a child or adult can go over, push the button and it will spray on them for a minimal amount of time," says Town of Union Parks Director Patti Blishak.

The town decided to go with a spray park rather than renovate the pool.

It's a cheaper solution, and the spray park will save the town about 5 thousand dollars in overtime, supplies and staff costs.

Plus, the spray park can be used by all ages.

The pool is only 2 feet deep and no one over age 5 could go in.

"It'll be great. We ride our bikes in the neighborhood and we're always out and active and playing on the playground so I think even for myself, it'll be nice to step under the sprinkler," says Beth Williams of the Town of Union.

But Mike Himko, who lives down the street from the park, is against the idea of replacing the pool.

He says it's been a part of the community for years.

"Kids have grown up here. I have friends that have grown up here. As kids, we went to the park, we take our kids to the park. I think it's sentimental, historical," says Himko.

Himko says he'll try to start a petition to stop the work from going forward.

He doesn't have much time.

The town wants to start construction on the new spray park in April.

The town did hold a public hearing on the spray park, but only one person attended.

Federal money paid for spray park equipment.

It will open Memorial Day, the same day the pool would have opened for the season.

There is no charge.

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