July 16, 2012 by mamacravings
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 yellow 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.
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.