Improving Binghamton parks for summer fun

By Brandi Bailey

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 11:36 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city gets community help to create safe summer fun at Binghamton's Columbus Park.

The Binghamton Rotary donated $15,000 toward the installation of a functioning and safe spray park.

Last year, a fountain was shut down after it was found kids and animals were playing in it, creating a health hazard.

The new spray park will be dedicated to children and family use.

The project is estimated to cost $125,000.

The city plans to use its annual Federal Community Development Block Grant to cover costs.

"This does not look like a beautiful neighborhood park. How do we improve it? How do we change it to meet the needs of the youth and the families," said Tarik Abdelazim, of the Housing and Community Development Department.

Work on the spray park will take place over the summer, but should be open before the season's over.