It’s hot and the water is cool and wet! A new spray park in Olympia’s Westside has become a gathering place for people from nearby neighborhoods. From toddlers to elementary schoolers and up—that’s the action in Woodruff Park this summer. There’s a picnic shelter, restrooms and trees making enough shade for folks to spread out for picnics. It’s the kind of place where kids make new friends and grown ups meet neighbors they might never have encountered though living just a few blocks away. It’s also the kind of place that will be increasingly important as climate change brings repeats of the 110 degree temperature that hovered over our towns in June.
Photo by Lori Lively