A FREE water play area will be the coolest attraction at Nurragingy Reserve this summer.
It opened in time for the school holidays three weeks ago, an initiative of Blacktown Council and Western Sydney Parklands Trust.
Near the Wren picnic area, it consists of a large windmill that disperses water, reflecting the large windmill at Nurragingy Reserve.
A water wall spray fountain, jets, cannons and bucket dumpers all disperse water.
It’s open daily from 10am to 3.30pm until December and in autumn next year.
Hours will be extended from 9am to 6.30pm in summer.
It will be closed in winter.
While it’s difficult to predict participation, a spokeswoman said the council had been inundated by positive feedback via social media and emails.
Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali said the water play area, in the pipeline for several years, was put into action after the council’s lease of Nurragingy Reserve had been extended.
The Blacktown Showground Precinct also has a water play area.
‘‘The council is always considering new outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors,’’ a spokeswoman said.