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Old 07-30-2010, 08:33 AM
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So, down South where I am from, we have a lot of splash-pads and spray grounds for the kids to play in during the summer. I have found only one here, in Fairfax--which is a bit too far from us as we are in Manassas. Anyone know of any closer to us in the Woodbridge/Manassas area? Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:38 AM
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City of Manassas Park - Aquatic Programs (http://www.cityofmanassaspark.us/public_documents/ManassasParkVA_ParksRec/aquatics/index - broken link)

Something like these? Signal Bay waterpark might be something similar to what you are thinking about.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:50 AM
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I think OP is talking about playgrounds that have water features in the summer (for free). The playground situation in the outer suburbs is pretty pitiful compared to closer-in areas. There aren't any free splash parks out there--only pay parks like Signal Bay (great for toddlers, but not free) and Bull Run. I think it is expensive to run the splash pads b/c of the water cost (but that doesn't really explain why there are so few nice playgrounds in general out in manassas and prince william county--especially when there are so many kids).

The only (free) splash playgrounds I know of are the 3 in Arlington, the ones in DC (where the municipal pools are also free) and the ones in Montgomery County. Oh, and the one at Fair Lakes, but that isn't really a playground, just a fountain.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:31 PM
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Last night we went to the concert at Reston Town Center and saw about a dozen kids playing in the splash pad there. They looked like they were having a blast. It's in a little park in the westernmost block of RTC. There are lots of places for onlookers to sit and watch, and about 15 water jets on a random pattern for the kids to run through.
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