New Galego Court water park, playground open with a splash

New Galego Court water park, playground open with a splash

Galego Court held a grand opening for a new water park and playground last Friday. Councilor Albert Vitali, right, and candidate for state representative Carlos Tobon try out the new water park in their street clothes. (Valley Breeze photos by David Wuerth)

PAWTUCKET - A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground opened last Friday at the Galego Court housing complex on Weeden Street. The event featured dozens of children eager to cool off in the afternoon heat, a number of dignitaries, and pizza and refreshments for everyone.

The park opened with a last-moment change allowing it to stay open later at night, thanks in part to a letter by 8-year-old D'Angela "Lala" Feliz. Feliz cited the busy schedules children have these days, and Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Steve Vadnais agreed that she was right.

Mayor Donald Grebien read the letter from Feliz prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, then had her assist him with cutting the ribbon at the gate to the water park.

Vadnais said the park will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Other officials on hand for the water park's opening included George Carvalho, state director for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Alicia Pina, representing U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, City Councilors Jean Philippe Barros, Timothy Rudd and Albert Vitali Jr., Pawtucket Housing Authority Commissioners Stella Carrera and Diane Legrand, Planning Director Barney Heath, project architect Luis Torrado, and project engineer David D'Amico.

The Galego Court water park includes three spray loops and water coils set in a row to create a misting tunnel for "head to toe" soaking. The spraying generates a star pattern centered in the misting sprays from each spray loop. Water streams will also shoot from an umbrella to create a cascade of water. The water park also features a foot-activated water basket that sprays streams of water from a splash pad.

The water park and playground project was made possible in part by a $65,000 federal block grant through the city Department of Planning and Redevelopment and capital funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued under the auspices of the Pawtucket Housing Authority. The total cost was about $219,000.

Catalano Construction Inc. served as project contractor, Torrado Architects was the architect, and the project engineer was D'Amico Engineering Technology Inc.

Neighborhood children enjoy the water park on a hot and sunny day.
Kaizir Delgado, 6, runs through the spray loops and water coils.
Ruth Kelly, left, 9, and Jorge Garcia, 9, run through a fountain of water.