Siemon Spray Park opens after five years of leaving kids high and dry

Ninth spray park opens Friday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - After a five year hiatus, children in Northeast Bakersfield will finally have a place to dodge the sweltering summer heat.

Siemon Spray Park will officially open at 1:30p.m. Friday.

The more than 2,000 square foot facility on Redlands drive comes with a western theme and all the bells and whistles of the city's other eight spray parks.

The $200,000 project, funded by taxpayers, was the cheaper long-term plan compared to remodeling and maintaining the existing pool at the park.

After being approved unanimously by city council members, the plans were put on the fast track and the park will now be opening one month sooner than originally planned.

The original pool built back in the '60s was shutdown in 2009. 

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