New Sprayground Opens In Portland

Louisville’s tenth free sprayground was opened Wednesday by Mayor Jerry Abramson at LaPorte Park in the city’s Portland neighborhood.                  

Abramson says spraygrounds are more cost effective and cheaper to maintain than outdoor pools. 

 “We decided to begin investing and we’ve invested in spray parks at Iroquois Park out in south Louisville, at the Waterfront Park, obviously, over at the Louisville Zoo, we’ve got them over at Shelby Park, we’ve got them over at, as I say this is our tenth park so were very, very excited about it.   We have several more to go, we have five more spray parks it will total fifteen, five are still under construction, he said.”

 The aquatic play area at LaPorte Park replaces a pool that closed in 2007. Walking paths, benches, and handicapped-accessible walkways are other new additions to the park.

(Story by WFPL intern Andy Freudenberg;  photo courtesy of www.louisvilleky.gov)