Keeping Cool in Sprinkler Parks
It is almost 90 degrees and there is no shade in sight, but these bathing-suit clad kids remain unperterbed by the heat. They are running, jumping and climbing without breaking a sweat, thanks to the water jets at Macombs Dam Park across from Yankee Stadium. The park has huge grass ball fields and a multicolored jungle gym, but on days like this the sprinklers are obviously the main attraction.
A few mothers and nannies, including resident Quanya Williams, watch from a bench near the park entrance.
"We come to this one often. This is our preferred park. It's safe."
She lives near by and has twins - Rodney and Jordan - who love it here.
"I like to be in the water!" yells Jordan.
"Water's my favorite!" her brother chimes in.
Parents say these parks are a good way to keep kids active and entertained, all while staying cool in the intense summer heat. There are dozens of sprinkler parks across all five boroughs; for more information visit the NYC Parks Department website.