I took 4-year-old Sarah and 6-year-old Adam to Roswell’s Splash ’N’ Play sprayground at Riverside Park one particularly hot day.
Entry is just $1 for children ages 1 and up. Adults may enter free if they do not plan on entering the water – or they can pay $1 to get in on the splashing action. The ticket window doubles as a concession stand with chips, candy, soda, etc. Children are given a wristband as they enter the fenced-in sprayground, which makes re-entry a breeze if a child needs a potty break or you leave to have a picnic.
Restrooms are located next to the ticket window. There is even an attendant to make sure no little ones wander away from the area. Kids of all ages – from toddlers to pre-teens – romped in the sprayground on the day we visited. Adults can take refuge under two large canopies while they watch the kids splashing, but plenty of adults chose to cool off among the fountains of various kinds (such as the mushroom or dome styles). At one point, we took a break to eat lunch under the shade of nearby trees. Besides finding the water a little cold at first, the kids loved playing in the fountains. Adam was entertained by chasing the ever-disappearing up and- down fountain, while Sarah just enjoyed running around and getting wet. Once they were tired of the water, it was nice to have other play options at Riverside Park, where there’s two playgrounds and walking/biking trails.
The park is located in the heart of Roswell, at 575 Riverside Rd. 770-594- 6158.
– Amanda Newman