State and local officials gathered with Hyde Park residents on Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new Martin L. Moynihan Spray Deck at 920 Truman Parkway.
The new facility, just across the parkway from the Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park, replaces a wading pool that had deteriorated with age.
“The Patrick-Murray Administration and DCR are deeply committed to improving recreational opportunities to the residents to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Edward M. Lambert Jr., commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, according to a release from the department.
“This project is an excellent example of the state working to enhance the experience of visitors to state parks.”
DCR spent $540,000 from its capital budget to remove the 50-year-old wading pool, which had succumbed to water loss and infiltration due to its age, and to build the spray deck, the release said. The department is in the process of improving and modernizing its pool facilities across the state, many of which are 40 – 50 years old and have been damaged by weather and received little maintenance.
The interactive spray and play functions at the new facility are controlled by an on-demand function that minimizes water consumption, and its flat surface allows DCR to keep the facility open for a longer season and eliminates the need for lifeguards. The project also added new benches to the facility.