Just in Time for Summer: the Latest Addition to Lear Park


July 16, 2012 by CassieCravings

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite activities was running through our little sprinkler. It would wave slowly back and forth as the four of us jumped and weaved in and out of the sprays of water. Every half hour or so, my mother would move our fun to another spot in the yard. As a child, I thought that was weird. It took a few summers to realize, that our favorite toy’s actual purpose was to water the yard.

While the nostalgia and simplicity of a yellowΒ oscillating sprinkler is difficult to beat, Longview’s new Splash Pad just might do it. This Splash Pad opened just in time for summer. It is beautifully done, colorfully decorated and is a perfect addition to our favorite local park.

Longview Splash Pad

When we first arrived, little Eli was cautious. He carefully watched the children sprinting through the park. He raised his eyebrow at the water slides. He even peeked into the basketball slide, but slowly backed away. He gasped at the huge Dr.Pepper can that poured a rain cloud full of water onto the squealing kids below.

But slowly he inched closer and closer to an ankle high pirate hat sprinkler. A dimpled foot tested the dangerous waters of said sprinkler. Eli giggled as it splashed his toes. “It rained my toe,” he smiled.

Only a few more minutes passed before that splashed foot was a completely soaked little boy.

Eli had a blast!

My little guy will get his own favorite summer memories. Instead of a spitty sprinkler, he has football slides and a misty tunnel. And we are looking forward to making many, many memories at our new addition to Lear Park.

13 thoughts on “Just in Time for Summer: the Latest Addition to Lear Park

  1. What a happy little man!

  2. Staci Smith says:

    He looks like he had so much fun!! πŸ™‚

    • mamacravings says:

      He did! πŸ™‚ He loved it! There was so much for him to do as well. So many times, there aren’t things for little dudes like him. We all had a blast πŸ™‚

  3. Sarah says:

    Aww I’m so glad he had such a great time! πŸ™‚ That looks like an awesome splash park! We have a few splash parks within close driving distance, but nothing like that. We don’t have footballs and basketballs that spray water. Booo. Oooo I have an idea! I’ll just have to come visit you guys and we can go there together!

  4. These pictures are fantastic. What a cutie.

  5. Keri says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE splash pads, I’m trying to get one put in at the City I work for!!

    • mamacravings says:

      Woohoo! That would be awesome! This splash pad has a website for donations and what not. It is in the same park area that was built completely by volunteers for the city (I even got to be a part of it my senior year of high school. How cool is it that my little guy gets to play there now!?).

  6. Kim Gonzales says:

    It is so much fun! We have been twice. Ian had a melt down the first time we had to leave, so I had to take him and his friend back the next week. That time he wore himself out and was asleep before we pulled away from the park. What a GREAT idea.

    • mamacravings says:

      Eli was really hesitant at first, but once he warmed up to it, he didn’t want to leave. The second time he went, he was much more comfortable. Isn’t it fun!! πŸ™‚ AND it wears our little guys out! πŸ™‚

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