Free Party at Turtle Park on July 27th!

Come and enjoy a free party at Turtle Park on Friday, July 27th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

A moon bouce, hot dogs, and sno cones - basically my son's idea of heaven. And it's free!

Bring the kids and the whole family and enjoy FREE Sno-cones, moon bounces, face painting, popcorn, music, hot dogs.

This event is brought to you by Restoration Church is collaboration with Friendship Recreation Center (Turtle Park), DC Parks & Recreation.

I will be there with my kiddos – see you there!

FYI – I found out about this event via the Friends of Turtle Park email list serv – if you’d like to sign up for it, check out their website.  And to keep up with what the Department of Parks and Rec is doing, follow them on twitter!

Washington DC Spray Park Summer 2012 Schedule!

I see a lot of you are looking for new info for the 2013 Spray Park Summer schedule – here are the hours this summer:

14th and Girard Street Spray Park 1 14th and Girard Street, NW | Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
14th and Park Road Spray Park 1 14th Street and Park Road, NW | Sun – Fri 10:00am – 7:00pm; Sat 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Chevy Chase Spray Park 3 5500 41st Street, NW | Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 727-7714
Friendship Spray Park 3 4500 Van Ness Street, NW | 20016 Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 282-2198
Girard Street Park Spray Park 1 1480 Girard St NW | 20009 Mon – Fri 11:00am – 7:00pm; Sat 11:00am – 4:00pm. Closed on Sundays
(202) 671-0373
Joseph H. Cole Spray Park 5 1299 Neal Street, NE | Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 442-9262
Lafayette Spray Park 4 5900 33rd Street, NW | 20015 Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 282-2206
Palisades Spray Park 3 5200 Sherier Place, NW | 20016 Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 282-2186
Petworth Spray Park 4 801 Taylor Street, NW | 20011 Mon – Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
(202) 576-6850
Riggs LaSalle Spray Park 4 501 Riggs Road, NE | 20011 Mon – Sat 10:00am – 7:00pm. Closed on Sundays
(202) 576-5224

I’ve been pestering the DC Department of Parks and Rec (@DCDPR on twitter) regarding the spray parks – thankfully they have been very informative, and patient with me!  Today I heard back from Sean Link, the Aquatic Program Manager for DPR (apparently spraygrounds fall under his domain) with the summer schedule, and also a little info on what had been happening at my local spray parks – Chevy Chase / Livingston Playground and Friendship Rec /  Turtle Park.  Let’s start with the summer hours (which begin Monday, June 18).  Until the 18th, hours are Friday – Sunday, 12 pm – 6pm.

Violet checks out the water at Livngston Playground over Memorial Day weekend

14th & Girard Mon – Fri, 10am – 7pm; Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm
14th & Park Mon – Fri, 12pm – 7pm; Sun 3pm – 7pm
10th Street Park Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm
Joe Cole Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm
Chevy Chase Rec / Livingston Playground Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm
Columbia Heights Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat 11am – 4pm Closed Sunday
Friendship Rec / Turtle Park Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat 11am – 4pm Closed Sunday
Lafayette Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat 11am – 4pm Closed Sunday
Palisades Mon – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat 11am – 4pm Closed Sunday
Petworth Mon – Fri, 12pm – 8pm; Sat & Sun 12pm – 8pm
Riggs-La Salle Mon – Sat, 12pm – 7pm Closed Sunday

If you would like more specific information on these spray parks, including addresses and locations, you can find it on the DC DPR website.
There’s also been a lot of confusion going around the neighborhood list servs, and the DC Urban Mom message board about what has been on, and what hasn’t.  Friendship Rec / Turtle Park has frustratingly not seemed to be on, especially on Memorial day weekend when it was H-O-T.  Sean Link told me “At Friendship there was a staffing mix-up- evidently the normal rec person that turns it on was out on leave and his replacement had issues getting it on. That will not reoccur. We have trained up the backups at the site.” This is great news!

Also, Chevy Chase Rec / Livingston Playground was on, but at a trickle the last I saw.  Sean told me “We’ve been having some issues with CC, hopefully resolved. It ran great this weekend.”  Also, great news…..  This playground is so new I was worried that it was having trouble operating already.  I can’t wait to check it out now that everything is working properly.

//A few eye witness reports for the spray parks this week : On Tuesday the 5th, around 5pm Livingston was on, but yesterday, Thursday June 7th at about 4 it was not.  On Monday afternoon Turtle Park sprinklers were not on, but on Thursday the 7th, they were on.  So – I guess at this point it’s a gamble!  Thanks to everyone who has been emailing me with their reports!!//

Thanks to Sean Link and DC DPR twitter for helping me get to the bottom of all this so I could share the info with you guys!

FYI, to keep up with all the Department of Parks and Recreation news, “Like” DC DPR on Facebook, or follow them on twitter!